This question is quite common, and the answer will vary greatly depending on the area of the country in which you live. Pine is one of the most popular fencing woods, and pressure-treated pine is the standard when it comes to building a long lasting, but affordable fence. Pressure-treated wood may not be the most visually appealing wood fencing options, but it will require the least maintenance and, for the price, it provides excellent resistance to rot and insects.
More exotic hardwoods, such as ipe, are very expensive. The benefit of this type of wood is that, due its density, it can last an exteremly long time in an outdoor setting. More expensive tropical woods also do not require the harsh chemicals used to treat pine.
Whatever fencing wood you decide to purchase, weather sealing will always be an option. By properly sealing your fence once a year, it is possible to double its lifespan. If you are planning to seal pressure-treated wood, it may be necessary to wait several weeks before doing so.
To learn more about your fencing wood options, please contact the Austin Wood Fencing experts of Viking Fence by calling 1-800-252-8117.