Cedar and Redwood Fencing

Cedar and Redwood fencing are two popular materials used in fence construction. They are derived from the cedar and redwood trees, both of which have physical properties that make them particularly suitable for the construction of the fence and other outdoor applications.

Redwood is one of the most popular choices for quality and economical fencing. Apart from being a cost effective material, it provides durability and a sleek look that will withstand any harsh forces of nature.

Redwood has the ability to resist decay and insects because of which it has long been a favorite for homeowners and contractors. Redwood is durable and light weight. It is easy to cut, nail and install.

Cedar fencing is also a very popular choice for homeowners. Color and beauty of this particular wood has attracted a lot of people. It is usually painted to preserve the natural color and beauty. Western Red Cedar or cedar wood is environmentally clean because it is biodegradable, recyclable and renewable.

Like Redwood, Cedar is also a lightweight and durable wood, which is very easy to work with in terms of design. It is also very resistant to insects and other natural elements.

Comparison of these materials with regards to fencing should be based on things like cost, maintenance and visual appeal to help you in making the final choice.


Both redwood and cedar have acids and natural oils that remain in the tree for a long time after harvest. These oils enable the wood to repel humidity and moisture. Acid present in both these woods keeps the termites and bugs away and extends the life of the fence. While cedar and redwood are both strong and durable, redwood is denser and can better withstand weather and split over time.


Cedar fences require a high degree of maintenance. It generally develops a silver patina over time, which can be reduced to a minimum through regular staining and painting. Redwood contains high levels of natural oils that protect the wood over time and reduce the need for maintenance. Sometimes, these oils can create problems while painting as they keep the paint from getting absorbed in the wood. If you have an intention to change the paint color very often, cedar fence is the best choice for you.


The appearance of these two woods can vary depending on the types. Redwood has a natural reddish-brown color, which darkens when higher levels of heartwoods are used. It has a very tight grain and is usually free of knots and other defects. Cedar can be yellow, white or red, depending on the chosen species. Red Cedar can be most porous and have a color that matches the redwood. Yellow cedar has a golden color, while white cedar comes in pale color and has the most rigid grain pattern among the three.


In general, redwood fence is more expensive than cedar because of the relative shortage of redwood tree. This is especially true when it comes to narrow versus wider fence boards. White cedar is the most expensive of the three types of cedar, while the red is the most affordable. To reduce costs, try to choose narrow panels with a lesser grade. You may experience more knots and defects, but they can be easily covered with paint, if necessary.


Redwood has a unique ability to absorb and release moisture to remain in equilibrium with the ambient temperature and humidity. This ability to add or release moisture helps the natural redwood to resist deformation or swelling when exposed to high levels of humidity. This makes redwood a better choice for making fences in coastal areas, or the ones that are exposed to high levels of snow and rain. Cedar is most likely to twist or swell over time when exposed to moisture.

For all your wood fencing needs, contact Potter Fence today or call (661) 254-3208.