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Should I use Cedar or Cedar Tone Lumber for my Next Fence?

For those interested in a wood fence, you have most likely come across cedar and cedar tone lumber as an option. While both have their own unique benefits, there are some key differences between the two that should be considered when making a decision. Below, we will discuss the difference between the two to help you understand and ultimately decide which option would be best for your new fence.

Pressure Treated Lumber

Treated lumber is a pine that is often a more cost-effective option as it is treated with chemicals to resist rot, decay, and insect damage. It is also a more durable option than cedar, making it a good choice for areas that experience heavy rainfall or high humidity. Treated lumber is a popular pick for outdoor structures such as gazebos, decks, pergolas, and fences as it is meant to be more sturdy and durable than untreated wood.

However, treated lumber is not as environmentally friendly as cedar. The chemicals used to treat the wood can be harmful to the environment and to human health. Additionally, treated lumber has a more uniform appearance and may not have the same natural charm as cedar.


  • Resists moisture and insects

  • Cost-effective

  • Sturdy and durable

  • No need to stain for 4-6 years


  • More likely to shrink, warp, and crack

  • Sap and resin present

  • High moisture level from the treatment process

  • Uniform appearance

  • Does not have the same natural charm as cedar


For those who prefer a natural look, a cedar fence would be a great option! Cedar is known for its long-lasting good looks— tight grain, natural knots, and desirable red hue which can add a rustic charm to any outdoor space. The natural strong fragrance cedar provides acts as a natural insect repellent.

Additionally, cedar is not as dense as other woods, which makes it a top choice for woodworkers and home projects. Most importantly, cedar is a sustainable resource that is harvested from managed forests.

When it comes to cost, cedar is generally more expensive than treated lumber. However, it is important to consider the long-term costs of each material. While cedar may be more expensive upfront, it is a more durable and sustainable option that will require less maintenance and last longer.


  • Beautiful, timeless, natural look

  • Naturally resists insects

  • Can alternate stain colors over time

  • Renewable and environmentally friendly

  • Harvested from managed forests


  • Requires maintenance

  • Higher initial costs

In conclusion, while both cedar and treated lumber have their own unique benefits, it is important to consider the long-term cost, durability, and environmental impact when making a decision. If you are looking for a natural, sustainable, and durable option, cedar is the better choice. However, if cost is a major concern, treated lumber may be a more cost-effective option. Our Minneapolis fence company offers both options and we will work with you to help you choose the best material for your specific project.


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