The Best Species for Your Timber Fencing Project This Summer

Planning to start a fencing project this summer? We’ve got you covered. Here is Rustic Lumber’s quick guide to the best type of wood for building a premium and knockout timber fence this summer. 

A good fence can provide a lot of benefits to your home. From providing privacy to adding a natural aesthetic touch to your outdoor living space, it sure is a worthwhile investment. It makes your family feel safer and creates a more relaxed atmosphere around your home. A gorgeous fence that goes perfectly with lush greenery in the summer is perfection. 

But where do you start?

The first place to start your fencing project is choosing the right timber species that fits your goals and budget. Here are some premium timber choices that are guaranteed to last for years.

The Best Types of Wood for Fencing

When choosing the timber species for your fencing project, you want to choose timbers that are known for their durability and natural resistance to rot, insects, and fungal infestation. The US has some pretty challenging climate conditions so picking the ones that can withstand that can save you more time and money in the long run.

To get you on the right track, we’ve listed some of the most versatile, most durable, and timeless choices of timber species for quality, long-lasting fences.

Western Red Cedar 

When it comes to fencing, you can never go wrong with Western Red Cedar. With its beautiful, tones and natural resistance to decay, it certainly is a premium choice for timber fencing. It comes with red, pink, and brown tones which are downright perfect for any home.  

Do you know what else it is famous for? Durability. 

Like other cedars, Western Red Cedar is guaranteed to last for decades with very little maintenance required. It has natural oils that prevent insect and fungal infestations. Furthermore, the wood doesn’t shrink or swell readily with changing moisture content. So warping and twisting aren’t really a problem for this type of timber even in regions with very challenging weather conditions. 

In addition, Western Red Cedar is very easy to work with. It’s easy to cut, saw, and nail with common tools. It holds paints, stains, glues, and finishes well so the possibilities are virtually endless. Western Red Cedar also has an aromatic smell which you’ll surely enjoy during your relaxing summer days in your garden.

If you’re looking for a stylish and practical option for your fencing project, Western Red Cedar is an exceptional choice. The benefits come with a good price though. 

But if it means saving time and money and less hassle in the long run, it’s a worthy investment, isn’t it? 

Siberian Larch

If you want a cheaper alternative to the Western Red Cedar yet with excellent durability qualities, Siberian Larch would be the superior option. 

This timber is high in resin making it extremely dense and strong. In fact, it is denser than Western Red Cedar and more superior than other commercial hardwoods when it comes to hardness. Siberian Larch is also resistant to rot, insect, and fungal infestation which makes it ideal for fencing. With the right maintenance, it can last up to fifty years or even longer. 

In terms of color and natural beauty, Siberian Larch competes toe-to-toe with other premium choices for fencing. Its creamy yellow to light brown appearance blends perfectly with your garden plants. 

You can install it without treatment to achieve a beautiful silver patina or stain it to preserve its natural color. 

Between Siberian Larch and Western Red Cedar, the choice always depends on your preference and budget. 


If you want to all out with your fencing project and have the budget to spend a premium amount of money, then you can go for hardwood. And when it comes to hardwood, Redwood is the top-of-the-line timber fencing option, offering a perfect blend of style and sustainability for your fencing project. 

With Redwood fencing, you can tastefully accentuate the natural beauty of your garden. Beyond aesthetics, it is naturally strong and durable. Thanks to its strong tannins that deter insects and prevent fungal infestation. 

Regardless of the weather condition, the wood remains dimensionally stable. Meaning, it swells less than other woods and is less likely to warp or split. With the right maintenance, it can last for generations. That’s Redwood for you. 

You’ll pay top dollar for Redwood though, but nothing compares to its natural softness and luster. So it’s an unsurprisingly expensive but worthwhile investment. 


This wood is relatively new in the market but it’s packed with strong qualities that make it stand out as a fencing option. It’s highly durable and delivers high performance, beauty, and sustainability for any project including fencing. 

You can say that Lignia® is strength and beauty all throughout. The secret to this is the treatment process. It starts as FSC Radiata Pine softwood, which is then sustainably treated and modified by first being filled with resin then kiln dried. 

This process takes the wood to higher levels of durability against rot, insects, and fungal decay. It is built to last for 50 years, hence the tagline “Wood Made for Life.” The production of Lignia® also reduces the use of slowing hardwood trees. So if you value sustainability, Lignia® would be the right choice. 

It is unsurprisingly more expensive than Western Red Cedar and Siberian Larch but definitely worth the cost. 

Ready to start your fencing project?

You already know the first place to start your fencing project. It’s choosing the right timber species. 

If you’re ready to take the first step and explore your options for your timber fencing project, Rustic Lumber Company is your trusted partner. Give us a call and our team of friendly lumber experts will be happy to show you a selection of timbers for your fencing project.