Are you ready for a new wood privacy fence but looking for something a little more elaborate without a huge cost increase? Maybe you should consider adding cap and trim to your project. Cap and trim can be expected to run you an extra $3-$4 per linear foot and traditionally consists of a 2×6 top cap run horizontally along the top of the pickets, trimmed with a 1×2 under the lip of the top cap.
There are also other variations of cap and trim that incorporate double trim, lattice, rock columns, and horizontal pickets.
No matter which option you choose, cap and trim will leave you with an elegant, finished look that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
In a previous blog we discussed the pros and cons of using treated lumber as the material for your upcoming fence project. Now it’s time to discuss why you may want to consider choosing western red cedar.
One of North America’s great renewable resources, Western Red Cedar is slow growing, naturally durable, and has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood. It produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. It is free from pitch and its heartwood has natural decay resistance. Its also lightweight, easy to work, easy to finish, possesses excellent dimensional stability, and is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.
Lets discuss all of the benefits that cedar has to offer. Western Red Cedar’s most valuable characteristic is its well-known high resistance to decay. It is one of the most durable coniferous species and can be counted on to give long and reliable service under most conditions. Like all woods, Western Red Cedar will absorb or discharge moisture to attain equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere. However, it has a very low shrinkage factor and is superior to other coniferous woods in its resistance to warping, twisting, and checking. It also contains thujic acid which helps make the wood resistant to insect attack. Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver years of reliable service.
Although cedar pricing is a little higher than some of the other options, it will leave you with a finished project that you can be proud of for many years to come. It also comes with a one-year material and workmanship warrantee, unlike treated lumber. While Barrier Fence specializes in Western Red Cedar projects, we are here to help you with all of your fencing needs , no matter the material you choose.
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