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Pros and Cons of a Cedar Privacy Fence

Pros and Cons of a Cedar Privacy Fence for Your Denver Area Back Yard

If you’re thinking of installing a cedar privacy fence to enclose your Denver area backyard, you’re not alone. Cedar is one of the most popular privacy fencing options. Today, we’re going to go over some of the pros and cons of cedar as the material of choice for your privacy fence installation.

We’re breaking it down into categories:

  • Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • Maintenance
  • Cost


You want a fence that looks good and complements your home. How a fence looks is one of the top considerations for a homeowner.


Cedar is a naturally beautiful choice for a wood privacy fence. The reddish hue is more attractive than the lighter color of pressure-treated pine, and more natural-looking than a bright-white vinyl privacy fence.


To maintain the red tone, a cedar privacy fence will need to be sealed immediately after installation and periodically after that. Or if you like the look of weathered cedar, you can let it weather to a silvery-grey.

Related Reading: Vertical or Horizontal Cedar Fence?


If you’re going to invest in installing a wood privacy fence, you want it to last.


A cedar privacy fence is highly durable. It naturally resists insects and wood rot and can stand up to cold and wet weather.  Cedar is strong and will have minimal to no shrinkage or warping. With yearly maintenance, a cedar fence can last 30 years.

By contrast, a pressure-treated wood fence that’s been chemically treated will eventually warp or shrink and can rot, as well. A standard wood fence will last about 15 years.


A cedar privacy fence will need pressure-treated pine or steel fence posts. That’s because since cedar is not chemically treated, a fence post can rot if placed below ground.


Any fence will require maintenance. How much maintenance will depend on the material you choose.


Cedar is weather and rot-resistant, as well as resistant to bugs. A cedar privacy fence will require less maintenance than other types of wood fence but still needs your attention. To help your cedar fence last longer and look its best, you should clean your fence once a year, and seal it if you don’t want it to weather to a silvery-grey.

Related Reading: How to Safely Clean Your Fence


If you allow your fence to weather and don’t take care of it, it will eventually deteriorate. To keep it looking its best, you will need to apply a clear sealant with UV ray-blocking ability every couple of years. This is still less maintenance than other wood fences need.

If you like the look of wood but want minimal maintenance, you might want to consider a Trex® privacy fence.


Now it’s time to get down to dollars and cents. Cost is always a factor to consider.


A cedar privacy fence will cost more than a pine fence. But it will cost less than a vinyl fence or Trex® fence. When you consider how much longer a cedar fence will last when compared to other wood fences, it’s a cost-effective and attractive solution. If you want to save money and don’t mind a little maintenance, a cedar privacy fence may be a good choice for you.


An increase in lumber prices has driven up the cost of a cedar fence, but for many of our clients, it’s still the best choice for a privacy fence.

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Get a Cedar Privacy Fence Installation Quote

Do you have some cedar privacy fence ideas you want to turn into reality? We can help. To get a privacy fence installation quote, set up an on-site consultation using the contact form or call (720) 418-8194. We offer some of the best Denver fence installation prices you’ll find.

We guarantee a quality cedar privacy fencing installation that will enhance your home. We proudly serve clients in the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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What Type of Fencing Is Best?

What Type of Fencing Is Best for My Home or Business?

This is a question with no simple answer. No two customers will think exactly alike. It all depends on what you want and need a fence for, what you want it to look like, and what your budget is.

There are two main things to consider: types of fencing materials, and types of fences. Keep in mind your budget and aesthetics as you read through your options.

Types of Fencing Materials

We’ll discuss the types of fencing materials we use in fence installation. These include:

Cedar Fence

Cedar fence gives a classic look to your home or upscale business. It can also give a rustic look, depending on the style of fence panels and whether you choose to let it age to its natural silvery grey color. Unlike other, cheaper wood fences, a cedar fence resists rotting and can stand up to harsh sunlight.

Trex® Fencing

Trex® fencing gives you the look of wood without the potential for rotting, splintering, or maintenance such as painting or staining. It is an excellent solution for those seeking a privacy fence that looks great and meets HOA standards.

Steel Ornamental Fence

Steel ornamental fence lives up to its name – ornamental. It is designed to look good, and make your residential or commercial property look good to someone passing by. If you want privacy, this is not the fence for you. But if you need a fence to keep the kids and pets in or to showcase your property, it can be a good, no-maintenance option.

Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fence can be a good solution for both shorter garden fences and privacy fence. Some homeowners use it as pool fence, as well. It can give an upscale look to a commercial property where privacy is important, such as around a hotel pool or patio area. Vinyl is also low maintenance, and just may need hosing down once in a while,

Chain Link Fence

Chain link fence is a very cost-effective solution if you have to fence in a large area. We see it most commonly in commercial and industrial applications, such as around warehouse properties, industrial complexes, etc. Homeowners might use it for a dog run or for another smaller area where what the fence looks like is not as important as how it functions.

Types of Fences

By types of fences, we mean taller fences such as privacy fences, or shorter picket fences. These are sometimes referred to as fence styles. Then within each of those categories, you can choose among:

  • Picket, plank, or panel styles
    • Dog ear, scallop, flat top, Gothic, lattice top, shadow box, rail, and more
  • Color (in some cases)

You may be limited in the fence material, style, and color you can install at your home or business, based on your HOA or commercial district regulations. But if you want a privacy fence, you will want to go with a cedar, Trex®, or vinyl fence. If you want to showcase your property and just have a physical barrier, a steel ornamental fence might be a good option. And if you just need a shorter fence to frame your front yard, you can use any kind of material or style.

Fence Gates

Your fence gate will be the same material and style of your fence. But you still have many options regarding whether you want a double gate, an automatic gate, or other feature. How far you venture from the basic gate will increase the cost of the gate itself.

Get a Fence Installation Quote

If you’re looking for an honest fence company with quality fence installation and competitive pricing, you’re in the right place. Set up a consultation using the contact form or call (720) 418-8194. If you’re “on the fence” as to which type of fencing and style of fence to install at your home or business, we can give you multiple quotes using multiple fence materials and styles.

Whatever you choose, we guarantee a quality fence installation. We proudly serve homeowners and commercial interests in the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge and surrounding areas.

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Trex Fencing vs Wood

Trex® Fencing vs Wood Fence: More Affordable Than Ever

If you’ve been following the news, you may know that lumber prices went sky-high in the last year or so. This was mainly due to pent-up demand once the COVID-19 vaccinations came out and people started trying to get their lives back to normal. That increased demand, along with a labor shortage, sent prices soaring.

Higher lumber prices have many homeowners and businesses rethinking what material to use for their deck or fence. Today, we’re going to look at how the cost of Trex® Fencing compares to a wood fence. Let’s get started.

Understanding the Different Materials and Upfront Costs

Everyone knows a wood fence is made from, well, wood. Even with lumber prices as high as they are, you may pay a lower upfront cost to have a wood fence installed. But with high lumber prices, the difference between the cost of wood and Trex® fencing is smaller than ever before.

Trex® fencing is a manufactured composite fence material. The company first introduced composite decking materials in 1996, and followed with fencing materials in 2005. Trex makes its composite fencing and gates from a blend of 95% recycled wood fiber and plastic.

Understanding Lifetime Costs

Here’s where the cost of the two types of fencing changes. The lifetime cost of a Trex® fence will be lower than that of a fence made with pressurized lumber. Here’s why:
Wood Fence Costs are Higher

A wood fence is subject to warping, rot, popped nails, and insect damage. This means you have to pay for fence repair such as replacing individual pickets or fence posts, or entire panels.
Wood also needs to be painted or stained every few years to keep it looking decent. Do you do it yourself or hire someone? It’s another added cost.

Trex® Fencing Cost is Lower

Because it’s composite fencing, Trex® is more durable than wood. Here’s why:
• It will never rot.
• It will never splinter.
• Insects can’t damage it.
• You never have to stain or paint it.
• It resists fading.
• It stands strong against Colorado’s Chinook winds, withstanding 130 MPH sustained winds and 147 MPH gusts.

In our opinion, Trex® fencing is far superior to a wood fence, and looks better, as well. Some attractive features of a Trex fence:
• Same look on both sides (no “ugly” side of the fence)
• Picture frame with board-on-board design
• Interlocking pickets mean no mid rail
• 3 natural colors

One last thing – Trex® fencing is supremely eco-friendly. It uses 95% recycled materials (wood and plastic). That’s great news for the planet! And if yours is a commercial project, you should know that Trex products are LEED Certified.


How to Get the Fence Installation You Deserve
Get a Quote on Trex® Fencing Installation

If you’re torn between a wood fence and a Trex® fence, schedule a fence installation quote for each type of fencing material. You may find the slight difference in pricing makes a composite fence more affordable than you thought. Just call us at (720) 418-8194.

You can also fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day. We serve residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area, including Lakewood, Wheatridge, Arvada, Littleton, Golden, and surrounding areas.

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Is A Wood Fence Right For You

Is a Wood Fence Right for Your Home?

A wood fence is an American classic. From a picket fence to a split rail fence to a privacy fence, all of them are possible with wood. From a custom-made fence to one constructed with fence panels, wood fences are very popular in the Denver area. They give your property a natural look that blends in with our majestic scenery.

Denver Fence Company specializes in the installation of cedar fence and Copperwood fence.

Benefits of a Wood Fence

A wood fence has many benefits, including the basics of providing privacy, and a way to keep your kids and pets on your property. But there are several other benefits including:

Durability and Ease of Repair

A wood fence can last for decades. They are also easy to repair. Replacing a plank or gate is relatively easy, so there’s no need to replace the whole fence.


Another benefit of a wood fence is sustainability. Cedar, especially, is a sustainably managed resource, and is completely renewable.

Multiple Style Options

You have multiple style options when opting for a wood fence, including:

  • Picket
  • Open picket
  • Privacy
  • Board on board
  • Stockade
  • Lattice
  • Horizontal plank
  • Post and rail

And once you decide on the style of wood fence, there are other options to consider, including fence height, picket style (flat top, dog ear, pointed, Gothic, etc.), gate style, and finishing touches like finials for fence posts.

Wood Fence Maintenance

You should know that your wood fence may need occasional maintenance. You can leave a cedar fence to weather naturally, and it will turn a silvery grey. By staining a cedar fence, you can prolong its life, and change the appearance to suit your tastes.

Get a FREE Estimate on Wood Fence Installation

At Denver Fence Company, we have decades of experience in wood fence installation, both Cedar and Copperwood. Check out our Gallery page for some examples of our work. We can custom design your fence so you get exactly the look you want.

If your home or business is in the Denver metropolitan area, call (720) 418-8194 or use the contact form to schedule a free quote.