Home Improvement

Types of Timber Fences


Installing a timber fence has many benefits. If you consider placing one around your home, farm, or your local business, you will surely get a return on your investment in the long run.

Timber is cheaper than other fencing materials. The material is highly durable and long-lasting. The option is more eco-friendly than other fencing types. You also have a large variety of wood to choose from to construct your fence; we have listed them here:

 Redwood Timber

Redwood is recognised as the best and most popular type of wood to use for timber picket fence installation. Even though it costs higher than other timber, it’s much more durable than its sister wood types. 

This type of wood is grown in Southwest Victoria at an experimental site as there are no commercially grown Californian redwood throughout Australia. 

Using redwood could mean that insects and rotting decrease their life expectancy. We can treat your redwood fence with a clear stain preservative to prevent these deteriorating risks. To treat it, we can rough saw the timber fence to get it ready for staining or it can be weathered before staining. 

Staining the redwood will also prevent it from becoming grey as it ages from constant weather changes whether a hotty scorcher or getting snowed under. 

Cedar Timber

Consider a cedar base for your timber fence in Melbourne. 

It costs less than redwood, so it’s grouse if you are on a budget! Cedar has natural oils that prevent insects from dwelling on the structure. Even though fencing experts say that cedar fences do not have to be stained, it’s a good idea to consider staining it anyway. 

A wood sealant will protect your cedar fence from the environment’s moisture and UV rays from the sun. The sealant will prevent the cedar from warping or turning grey over time. Plus, there is not as much maintenance required for cedar as other types of wood.

Douglas Fir Timber

Douglas fir has a unique light brown color with touches of yellow and/or red. The warm colors in the wood make for an ace landscape in autumn when all the leaves fall. 

If you want heaps of even grains in your timber picket fence, douglas fir is the right type for you! We utilize only pressure-treated douglas fir for the highest quality wooden fence. Raw Douglas fir tends to rot underground, so we do not utilise this for our fencing. 

Paint your Douglas fir fence with high-pigment paint every few years to reduce the chances of rotting. Be sure there are anti-rotting agents in the said paint. 

How can you tell if a type of wood is durable enough for a timber picket fence?

Each durability is split into four classes: 1, 2, 3, and 4. The life expectancy for above-ground heartwood is longer than how long in-ground heartwood can last. For example, durability class 1 above-ground heartwood can last for 40 years or less. In-ground heartwood in the same durability class will last about 25 years or less. 

Here at Demak, we utilise above-ground wood for our clients’ timber picket fence projects. Ask us about wood durability if you have any questions!

Get Started on Your Timber Fence Today

If you’re looking to install a timber fence Melbourne, be sure to contact DEMAK for a quote today. With more than 25 years of experience in decking, fencing, and other outdoor projects, our building technicians are here to give you a bonza experience!


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