Fencing Supplies: Best Timber For Fences And Building Tips

Fencing Supplies: Best Timber for Fences and Building Tips


Graham Brightwell

The quality of fencing supplies and the process of building determine the longevity of a fence. It is pretty simple, the better the fencing materials, the longer a fence will last. The best timber for fencing is getting harder and harder to source, and tends to be very expensive, while less expensive wood deteriorates a lot faster.

So when you are planning to build a timber fence, determine the reasonable compromise between effectiveness and cost. Sustainability is another thing to consider. Decide if you want to use rare or endangered species, or a lesser-quality pressure treated wood. It could be a tough decision, but it\’s an important one. Reviewing the following basic classifications of timber can help with the decision making.

1. Tropical Wood

Rainforest wood include Cedar, Merbau, Teak, and Batu. But much of these types of wood have been over-harvested and are becoming endangered or rare, although Cedar and Teak are now being grown in plantations in some regions.

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2. Australian Hardwoods

These include Spotted Gum, Ironbark, Jarrah, Red Gum, and Cypress (though this is a softwood). These woods are among the best worldwide.

3. Plantation Timbers

These include Messmate, Oregon, and Treated Pine.

Rapidly growing tree species like the Pinus Raridata is easy to grow. However, it is not really durable so it is chemically treated to make it unattractive to bacteria which will attach it if left outdoors for a long period of time. Green treated pine is treated with a copper or arsenic solvent which virtually ensures that no insect would want to munch on it. Kiln-dried or seasoned pine has become a practical solution where sustainability and cost are factors.

Important Tips to Remember When Builing a Fence


The species of wood are rates into 4 classes of durability, where Class 4 being the least durable and Class 1 being the most durable. Ideally, fencing supplies must be selected from durability classes 1 or 2, where the natural durability of timber will provide an expected service life (at least 15 years) in the ground, and many years beyond for the parts that are above the ground and exposed to natural elements.


The posts have to be set deeply and firmly in the ground as they are the foundation of your fence. Post holes must be at least two feet deep and t least one foot wide. The depth is essential to reducing sideways movement. The deeper the holes, the more firmly the post will be set. Another factor is the type of the soil. Clay soil can expand when wet and shrink when dry. The soil can be tested for its stability, from stable to volatile. For example, red clay soil is volatile and therefore needs one-meter deep post holes. Also, tall posts need deep footings. The rule of thumb when it comes to depth is one third of the height of the post. Ideally, a four-inch concrete pad must be placed under the post so the post won\’t sink.

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