It’s an important decision, deciding what materials will turn your house into a home. Luckily, if you’ve stopped by the Taylor Fencing site, you know that this blog is the best resource to make some of the most vital decisions you ever will. If it has to do with your house, you better believe that the Taylor Fencing team blog will always provide all of the information that you need. We saw a really big opportunity when we were building our site and finessing our business. We knew that a blog was a really vital piece of the way that we communicate with our biggest asset – our valued community of customers. We can’t state it enough, and if you’re a regular visitor of the Taylor Fencing blog, we apologize for being a broken record. If you’re newer, great! We welcome you into the folds of the Taylor Fencing family. We don’t see our customers as customers, we know that the relationship starts as soon as you reach out with a need for a premium fencing installation and continues far after the work is done. We’re here day and night, through a myriad of mechanisms. You can call, you can email, you can visit in person. We’re here to make the work go right and we’re here to help you feel as comfortable as possible throughout the process.
One of the most paramount pieces of this, is educating you about our team, our processes and the materials that we leverage. We try to mix it up, but today’s post is all about materials. It’s the crux of what we do, determining what materials found around the area will contribute to durable, beautiful, customized fencing solutions that are just as unique as you. We put a lot of work into it. We don’t believe that you become the best in anything by taking the short cut. We believe that we’ve become the best, family-run fence installation company in the area by doing our homework.
Homework can be extensive. We spend a lot of time on the weekends attending trade events and researching what’s coming next as far as trends go. Sometimes these trends make sense and sometimes they’re a little bit more surprising. We don’t like to assume that just because something is safe, it’s the right thing to do. Conversely, just because we see a new material that we’re unfamiliar with, we don’t want to write it off right away.
Hardwood vs Softwood
So, how does the homework process work? There are a lot of strict and challenging tests that we put all of our materials through, in order to determine that they make the cut. If they pass the first round, it’s on to the topic of today’s post – the budget. As we’ve shared many a time on this blog, we don’t think that there should be a trade-off between quality and cost. We know that you deserve the best, but that should never mean that you have to pay for it outside of your budget. We’re lucky to live in a day and age where the options abound and because of that, we can get creative. Creativity is one of our favourite parts of our daily jobs and here’s where we really get to flex that muscle. We compare and contrast materials, in order to showcase that the best of the best, can really be quite affordable. Here are some highlights from what we’ve learned:
The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to work with hardwood or softwood. We know, that sounds odd. Softwood wouldn’t work for something you want to be so durable, would it? In fact, it totally could be. Softwoods are lighter in colour and less expensive. Famous examples include pine, spruce, cedar, fir and larch.
Meanwhile, hardwoods hail from trees with broad leaves. This means that they lose their leaves every year and they produce seeds, which isn’t the case with softwood trees and wood. Hardwood trees grow more slowly, so the wood that they end up producing is a lot denser. Poplar and basswood are two of the most popular options. Others include mahogany, walnut, oak, ash, birch, maple, and cherry.
Bottom line in this decision, hardwood will be more expensive. It will also be more durable. The toss up here is what colour, look and feel make the most sense for the architectural style of your home. Experts will tell you that both options are extremely popular throughout the furniture and construction industries.
There are both natural and manufactured types of wood that you can use for your fence, for your furniture, for your home and more. Examples of natural woods that the Taylor Fencing team is a big fan of include the above. Examples of manufactured wood may make sense for you and your budget to explore, however. While they’re created in a lab, again – we live in a day and age where they’re going to be better and better. Some to put some research around include fibreboard, particle board (also known as chipboard) and plywood. Many give these types of materials a bad reputation, because they think that they’re not as authentic as natural woods. The Taylor Fencing team recommends that you dispel this rumour immediately. We’re here to design and implement the best fencing solutions around, and again – that means keeping your budget AND quality in mind at the same time. Don’t throw away a less-expensive option, just because you don’t know what tree it came from.
This is only coming at this information from the wood lens. We have lots of information ahead about the other materials that we source for our premium fencing solutions, because in the end…. Only one thing matters. That’s the happiness and confidence of our valued community of customers
Questions? Comments? Let the Taylor Fencing team know. We’d love to hear from you and help you keep your home safe and comfortable.