Wood Privacy Fences
A classic wood privacy fence is still a favorite with many homeowners in Texas, whether it’s a backyard fence or anywhere on your property. Indeed, the white picket fence is a staple of the American dream. At Buzz Custom Fence, we favor the look of a wood picket fence over a white picket fence. That is, we like to let the beauty of the wood grain shine through. We prefer to custom build to enhance your landscape.
Picket fences are attractive, cost-efficient and have many options available that allow for a custom look. All of our wood fences –even the simplest of patterns– are customized for your property, as we do not use pre-built panels. Building your fence one picket at a time allows us to adjust for slopes in your property.
Softwoods and Hardwoods
Let’s look at a few leading wood options. First, people often have questions about hardwoods versus softwoods. Trees that produce hardwood have broad leaves and are deciduous, meaning they drop their leaves each fall. Beech, mahogany, ash, oak, teak and walnut are hardwoods. Hardwoods absorb water slowly, but also dry out very slowly. Because they retain water, pickets made from hardwoods may rot and break down. Softwoods, on the other hand, come from evergreens, trees with needles and cones. These include pine, cypress, redwood, fir, spruce, redwood and our favorite, cedar. Natural resins in evergreen softwoods repel termites and mold.
Cedar is the most popular wood selected for a wood privacy fence. Here are a few reasons we love cedar:
- Rot resistant
- Holds up well in the ever-changing Texas climate
- Cedar is porous, easily absorbing and releasing water
- Insects dislike cedar’s natural oils and acids
- Warps less than other softwoods
- Pleasing cedar aroma and look
While the bark of Western red cedar is red, the light brown wood holds just a tint of red. It has a tighter grain with fewer knots than many other types of wood, making it a good, solid choice for construction. Northern white cedar has a lighter color, which varies from white to yellow. Both red and white cedar will gray with age.
Pressure-treated SPF Pickets
Pressure treated SPF pickets are a common type of wood used for picket fences. However, we at Buzz do not endorse them.
Pressure-treated wood usually starts out as a pine, or a mixture of pine species, as this is one of the only types of trees that can successfully undergo the pressure-treating process. After it’s cut to size and kiln-dried, the wood is treated with a special solution that staves off termites and decay. This turns the wood a dark green color and makes it very heavy.
It’s true that pressure-treated wood stands up to insects. However, the North Texas humidity can easily warp pressure-treated pickets. We have seen this happen in just one day! Pressure-treated materials work better for a deck, where they lay flat, or in a drier climate. Buzz Custom Fence discourages using pressure-treated wood in our Texas market. We can’t stand the look of disappointment on a customer’s face when their beautiful new fence suddenly warps or splits.
Many people prefer to have their fences stained, as opposed to staying with the natural raw color and eventual graying of the wood. At Buzz Custom Fence, we pre-dip each picket individually to ensure a more uniform stain around the entire picket. We require our pickets to have a moisture content of no more than 18%. This allows the picket to absorb the maximum amount of color and oil, which protects your fence from the elements.
Buzz Custom Fence is proud to offer Wood Defender Stains as an option on all our wood fences. Benefits of Wood Defender Stains include:
- Uniform application
- Waterproofs your wood
- Mildew resistant
- Shields U.V. rays
- Stabilizes wood color
- Restores weathered wood
- Special formulation for extreme climates
All these benefits will prolong the life of your new fence as well as adding to the ambiance and resale value of your home. For a comprehensive guide on fence maintenance read our wood fence maintenance tips.
Stain can also be applied to an existing fence. Make sure the surface is clean before applying stain.
In addition to offering you a choice of materials, Buzz Custom Fence will help you decide the perfect style for your fence. One of the most popular type of wood privacy fence is the top cap and trim feature. A 2” x 6” piece of lumber placed horizontally on top of the fence and a trim piece added below give your fence that final “dressed up” look. This makes your fence look very smart and sharp.
Another option is called board-on-board or batten board and offers pure privacy as each crack between pickets is covered by another picket. This gives you a three-dimensional look with every other picket being overlaid by another.
With the shadow box fence, the pickets are placed alternatively on each side of the railing, allowing plenty of air space, as well as a semi-private look. You can do this fence with either horizontal or vertical pickets and achieve the same effect.
Our goal is to give you a wood fence of lasting beauty that provides you with security and privacy, and complements your home and landscape.
See what our customers are saying:
The job went exactly as they said it would. The fence is beautiful to look at and the smell of the cedar is amazing! We did have some pickets that split and they replaced them promptly. Buzz was very good to work with and the yard was clean when they were done. You really do get what you pay for, quality materials and workmanship equals a great finished product. over the years I have learned that cheaper is NOT better! I have a saying ” it costs a little more to fly first class” and in my book Buzz is first class.
~ Homeowner in Fort Worth, TX
I was pleasantly surprised the job was done in 2 days, really thought it would take 3 days or more to complete. And the crew was very nice and did a great job! Our new cedar fence is beautiful.
~ Homeowner in Benbrook, TX
We have a huge yard and Enrique (and his co-worker) worked from sun up to sun down for three days straight to have the fence completed. Hardest workers I have seen in a very long time. He identified that many of the pickets delivered were split and he sent them back and delivered good pickets. They were wonderfully nice and did such a beautiful job on the fence. Buzz replaced a dilapidated six foot fence with BEAUTIFUL seven foot custom cedar fence with steel posts, top cap, trim, rot board, and a sturdy walk through gate.
~ Homeowner in Benbrook, TX