There are many decisions to make when considering new fence installation . One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing your picket material. This decision is important because it directly affects not only your budget, but your warranty and fence life as well.
While treated lumber is the most budget friendly option, there are some things to consider if you are leaning towards using treated lumber for your project. While a cheaper option, you may want to note the warrantee policy for such materials. Between 1970 and 2003, treated wood was a top choice in residential projects , but due to the use of arsenic in the chemical process in which the wood was treated, the EPA phased out the process in residential materials because of exposure and prolonged health concerns. Changing the chemical process in which this lumber was treated has resulted in an inevitable tendency for said materials to warp and bow. Due to this issue, treated lumber projects will NOT come with a material warrantee.
Although life expectancy for treated lumber is estimated at 15-17 years, it is known to shrink and expand more than other available materials on the market and this occurrence causes major unforeseen issues. For instance, gates will become difficult and sometimes impossible to operate, pickets will have larger than usual gaps, and the bottoms of the pickets will warp and bend leaving large openings for small pets to easily escape. While problematic, it is important to note that none of these issues are covered under warrantee.
If budget is the most important factor in your project, treated lumber may present as the best option for you, especially if you are planning to sell your property in the near future. However, if you are planning to retain ownership of your home for the next 8-10 years, you may want to consider going with a material option that will not only render fewer long term issues, but will also maintain it’s aesthetic qualities. Either way, Barrier Fence is here to help you come up with the options that work best for your time frame, budget, and project needs.