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Japanese Cedar VS Western Red Cedar for Fence

When it comes to building fences, one of the most important decisions you'll make is the type of wood to use. Two popular options for fence pickets are Japanese cedar and Western red cedar. Both woods have their own unique characteristics and benefits, as well as drawbacks. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of Japanese cedar vs. Western red cedar fence pickets, with a focus on the cost differences in our region.



Japanese Cedar Fence Pickets


Japanese Cedar Fence Pickets:

Pros:

  1. Durability: Japanese cedar is an extremely durable wood that is resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage. It can withstand harsh weather conditions, making it ideal for outdoor use.

  2. Aesthetics: Japanese cedar has a natural, warm color that is highly sought after. It has a unique, reddish-brown hue that can be left to weather naturally or stained to match your desired aesthetic.

  3. Sustainability: Japanese cedar is grown and harvested in a way that promotes regrowth and ensures the long-term health of the forest. It is a sustainable wood source that is environmentally friendly.

Cons:

  1. Maintenance: While Japanese cedar is highly durable, it still requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. This includes staining or sealing to protect against moisture and UV damage.

  2. Availability: Japanese cedar is not as readily available as some other types of wood, which can make it difficult to source.

  3. Cost: While the cost of Japanese cedar can vary by region, in our region, it is less expensive than Western red cedar. However, it is still more expensive than other types of wood material such as Pressure Treated Pine.



Western Red Cedar Fence Pickets


Western Red Cedar Fence Pickets:

Pros:

  1. Natural resistance: Western red cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage, which means it requires less maintenance than other types of wood.

  2. Versatility: Western red cedar is a versatile wood that can be used for a variety of projects, including fences, decks, and outdoor furniture.

  3. Aesthetics: Western red cedar has a beautiful, natural color that can range from light tan to a deep reddish-brown. It can be left to weather naturally or stained to match your desired aesthetic.

Cons:

  1. Durability: While Western red cedar is naturally resistant to rot and decay, it may not be as durable as some other types of wood. It can be prone to cracking, warping, and splitting over time.

  2. Cost: Western red cedar is often more expensive than Japanese cedar in various regions, in our region, this remains true and is more expensive. This can make it less accessible for some homeowners or builders.

  3. Sustainability: While Western red cedar is a natural and renewable resource, it may not be grown and harvested in a way that is sustainable or environmentally friendly.


In conclusion, both Japanese cedar and Western red cedar have their own unique benefits and drawbacks. While the cost difference between the two woods can vary by region, in our region, Japanese cedar is less expensive than Western red cedar. Ultimately, the decision on which wood to use will depend on your specific needs, preferences, and budget.


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