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Cedar vs. Cedar Tone for Your New Fence

It's finally time to install that new wood fence you've been planning on! 

When you choose a trusted professional for your project, they will help you understand the difference between the commonly used wood types and work with you to find the right material. Still, it's always helpful to have a little information upfront. 

Two popular fencing options sound the same yet different: cedar and cedar tone. Let's break them down to better understand each material's best uses so you can make the right choice for your Minnesota property fencing project. 

Cedar Wood 

Cedar wood is known for its aesthetic charm and is often used for railings, decking, trim, and fences. Cedar also has a strong fragrance that acts as a natural insect repellent.

In addition to cedar being a beautiful type of lumber, it proves durable in wet climates. It is naturally water-resistant while being resistant to decay, too!

Cedar is less dense than other woods, making it easier for woodworkers of all levels to use on home projects. Finally, cedar also takes to sealers, stains, and paint very well, making it great for anyone who wants to change the color or look over time.

Cedar is also a favorite because it absorbs noise due to its porousness. It is commonly used for making acoustic guitars because it reduces vibrations and absorbs sounds. This can be very helpful if you enjoy entertaining guests on those warm Minnesota afternoons and are considering installing a privacy fence.

For those who are eco-friendly, it's also considered a sustainable choice because it can be regrown more easily, especially in forests that are managed with strong environmental regulations.

One downside to cedar is that it may need to be more durable for heavier projects, like ones with concrete, and will need regular maintenance to keep it protected through the seasons. 

Cedar Tone Wood

Cedar tone wood is chemically pressure-treated wood that is meant to be more sturdy and durable than untreated wood. 

The process begins when the wood – usually a pine – is placed into an airtight chamber. Thousands of small incisions are cut into the wood to allow the chemicals to soak up properly.

Its creation process isn't so pretty, nor is the overall look, but the cedar tone is highly durable and can take on most projects. Thanks to the treated chemicals, it's highly resistant to insects and rot. Cedar tone can be used in rougher places that may have a lot of heavy foot or machine traffic.

It comes in two forms: above ground should be used at 6 inches and higher, and ground contact, which works better in environments more prone to damage to the wood. Because of its design, it requires very little maintenance and is a versatile and less expensive option than traditional wood.

The biggest drawback with cedar tone is the chemicals involved in the treatment, and it shouldn't be used for areas inside the home. It also takes time to completely dry out, so this can cause shrinkage and warping if not treated properly.

Again, cedar tone is meant to look like cedar, but there's an obvious difference between the two.

Choose Between Cedar & Cedar Tone

To sum it up, both cedar and cedar tones can get the job done for your next fencing project. The question lies within your situation. If you want a durable, aesthetically pleasing fence that isn't great for heavy use, go with cedar. If you prefer durability over the look, go with a cedar tone.

If you've decided between the two, go with KNO Woodworks for your installation! We also offer installation on decks and pergola builds in Minneapolis. 

Start your project today by visiting us online or call us at 612-226-5172!

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