What to Expect
What to expect with the purchase of my wood fence or deck
All wood is guaranteed to warp, crack, split and check. This happens substantially more with pine than cedar and can start days after installation. There is no warranty coverage on warping, cracking, splitting, and checking. But we use ways of combating the settings to make it less likely to happen, like only using metal for posts and grading each board for quality.
Southern Yellow Pine
Pine is treated to prevent rotting, insect infestation, and deterioration. The manufacturer has a lifetime warranty covering rotting, insect infestation, and deterioration only. Pine has an inconsistent grain structure comprised of significant inconsistencies in the density of the grains, making it more prone to warp, crack, and split due to expansion and contraction.
Western Red Cedar
Cedar has natural characteristics to prevent rotting, deteriorating, and insect infestation. It will last approximately 10 to 15 years depending on weather conditions and if it has been sealed and stained to keep moisture out and reflect harmful UV rays from the sun. Cedar has a consistent grain structure, making it more stable and less prone to crack, split, and warp as it expands and contracts equally. Cedar will turn silver grey if not sealed and stained.
We highly recommend that you stain and seal your fence to prevent water from absorbing into the wood and to reflect the harmful UV rays. Staining and sealing significantly lowers the chances of warping, splitting, cracking, and deterioration but does not prevent all of it.
Wood needs to be at its natural moisture consistency, typically 14% or dry to the touch before staining and sealing. It needs to be dry enough to absorb the stain. Typically two weeks after installed in the summer and possible months in the winter.