Cedar or Redwood – What kind of wood you prefer?

In this feature, we will go head to head with two commercial wood fence choices – redwood vs. cedar. We will see what each fencing material gives and hopefully help you decide a material for your next wood fence. Of course, if the outcomes are inconclusive, then it’s a win-win. You will have two good choices to make.


Western red cedar, the cedar we are about to concentrate on in this section unless stained a distinct color, usually has a yellowish shade. Redwood, on the other hand, has big shocker here, a more reddish-brown coloration. Both are excellent, but if you intend to use a tinted stain, you might want to go with cedar. It costs less and has a more vibrant natural color making it simpler to stain.


Both redwood and cedar are very comparable when it comes to being environmentally beneficial. Both have products approved by the Forest Stewardship Council. Both are 100% organic products. Both say they are more environmentally-friendly than sophisticated brands or materials like vinyl, iron, metal, etc. Redwood is fundamentally harvested in Northern California, and western red cedar originates from Canada. It will make their environmental elements almost equal.



We see that cedar and redwood both are eco-friendly, but can both grow new trees as fast as they collect old ones? It will take 50+ years for cedar or redwood seedlings to be a harvest. According to cedar growth research, the second growth cedar is just now growing, ready for harvesting. It’s providing a high-quality product. Still, redwood says they cut less than the yearly growth percentage, which means they are growing more redwood than they are collecting. Cedar does not make that claim.

Durability and Maintenance

Redwood is measurably more enduring than cedar – by approximately 23%. Redwood is, therefore, more durable than cedar.

Cedar and redwood have nearly the same tips for cleaning, color rehabilitation, and finishing. With either type of wood, you will need soap and water to rinse most dirt and blemishes. Mildew can be taken care of with a little bit of bleach and water. Redwood and cedar both include tannic acid – it gives the wood its color and keeps insects away naturally. Redwood has more tannin than cedar so that it may be a little bit strong in this section.

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There are lots of companies out there that install fences, do roofing, landscaping, lawn care, tree services, siding – you get the point! They have subcontractors who do many things, but not any of them are done with expertise. We at Fence Masters only install fences, nothing else.

And our Master Installation Crew is the best around. Professionals who know how to do the job right! All of our repairs or new installations are done with top quality materials by a top-quality team of professionals. Together, our team has over 130 years of fence installation experience.

That’s how we EARNED the name The Fence Masters.

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When you need a reliable fence builder for the projects that requires perimeter security and control to your property, choose The Fence Masters.

We are not the cheapest, and that is not our goal. Our goal is to:

Do it right the first time.

Provide high-quality materials that will last for years to come.

Provide you with prompt, courteous service.

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