Materials Used By Elyria Fence
Cedar Boards vs. Red Cedar and Treated Boards for fences
White Cedar is on the left ~ Red Cedar is the board on the right
Treated boards are certainly the least expensive way to go. This is the main reason so many stores prefer to offer it. However, as most people know, you get what you pay for. In terms of Red Cedar, there are a multitude of disadvantages in using it. Red Cedar mainly grows in Oregon. It is a larger tree and is darker in color. Over time, Red Cedar will fade to almost black. Red Cedar does not have a natural preventative again rot and decay like White Cedar. Therefore, it's lifespan is much shorter. Red Cedar's grain is very different from that of White Cedar. Its grain promotes splitting and checking in the boards.
Northern White Cedar boards have cells that absorb very little water or moisture. It has natural inhibitors to fight off rot and decay. In addition, White Cedar is one of the more stable woods available to the building industry. It will shrink less than one percent, and rarely warps, twists or cups - unlike treated wood, generally made from Yellow Pine, and famous for all three unwanted characteristics.
The unrelenting soaking, freezing, and drying cycles of the environment play havoc on all kinds of wood. According to the US Forestry Service, treated wood is no better than White Cedar at withstanding the rigors of Ohio weather. In fact, it may not work as well, since the species selected for treatment are chosen specifically for their ability to soak up moisture. This allows the wood to soak up the chemical treatments.
Just as a wooden ship is constructed with a variety of wood species for a purpose, your wood fence can also benefit from using a variety of species. In other words, treated materials do have a place in the construction of a fence. Typical Ohio soil contains a lot clay, and does not drain well. Combine this problem with the correct construction method of setting posts in a concrete footer, and you have the dilemma of trapped moisture in and around the post. This is an ideal environment for the decay fungus to operate in. Therefore we recommend using MicroPro treated wood for the posts, preferably made of Red Pine.
For additional information on White Cedar that is used for fences see the National Forestry Services website.
If a wood deck isn't exactly what you were looking for - we also offer composite from Azek, and vinyl from Kroy Building Products.
Vinyl Fence, Porch and Deck Railing
Ornamental Iron and Aluminum Fences and Railings
The traditional "old world" ornamental wrought iron is still one of the most beautiful and decorative options available. It is custom built for the customer by skilled artisans. Though it is extremely decorative do not let its pretty face deceive you. It is one of the strongest sturdiest fences available. It is common to see these as security fences designed to accommodate automatic door openers and other security systems. Elyria Fence has a relationship with an artisan that custom builds ornamental iron by hand. The quality and beauty is not comparable to any other product on the market. We also offer ornamental steel which will match the iron in strength, and is also custom built by a local company; it is equally as beautiful. The ornamental steel is hot dipped galvanized and powder coated. Therefore, it will not have problems with rust.
Ornamental aluminum is designed to look similar to an ornamental iron fence. By going with the aluminum customers can have the look of an ornamental fence, but not incur the costs associated with the ornamental iron or steel fencing. It is extremely attractive, and made with an aluminum alloy that will rival iron and steel in strength. Most ornamental aluminum that is manufactured lacks severely in strength. Our manufacturer is the only one to offer the special technology of this special aluminum alloy. Your estimator will be happy to assist you in deciding which choice is best for your needs.