Tropical Hardwood Fencing - The Last Fence You Will Ever Need

By Keaton Smith, 09/25/20

Quality over Price: Is it Worth the Investment?


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Besides the simply stunning look of tropical hardwoods, natural durability is the best reason to choose tropical hardwoods over typical Cedar, Redwood, or Pine softwoods for your next fencing project. Tropical hardwoods are far less susceptible to rot and decay over time and they will continue to maintain better durability even if you allow them to gray out with weather exposure. Softwoods like Pine or SPF (Spruce, Pine, and Fir mix) will last around 5-10 years, perhaps a couple more if they are treated regularly. Cedar and Redwood can last up to 25 years with proper care. Hardwoods on the other hand will last you 50+ years even without a wood stain being regularly applied every two years.

Fire Safety

Additionally, most tropical hardwoods are Class A Fire Rated reducing the risk of flame-spread in states where forest fires are common. Fences built using tropical hardwoods also greatly reduce the chances of boards being broken or coming loose.

Size and Cost

Nova USA Wood supplies 7/16" x 5-1/2" fence boards by resawing 5/4x6 decking boards, which is an efficient and cost-effective approach for our customers. Having the boards re-sawn results in a smooth face and rough-sawn face, either of which can be used as the exposed side based on personal preference. When using 7/16" thick boards, the price of tropical hardwood fencing is affordable at around 20.00 to $25.00 for materials per running foot based on a 6' high fence. Matching hardwood posts and top rail can be used without worrying about the wood posts rotting while simultaneously avoiding the less-desirable look of pressure-treated lumber.

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Regular maintenance for more typical species used for fencing, such as Cedar and Pine, includes staining it every couple of years. This attempts to maintain the wood in peak condition while also adding additional protection from weather, something that tropical hardwood naturally provides. They also use 2-3 times as much stain to cover the same area as it would take to cover on tropical hardwoods.

That being said, using the right stain results in less frequent and easier maintenance. We recommend staining hardwood fencing with our ExoShield wood stain because it is one of the longest-lasting stains available and the re-coating process is easy. All you need is a clean and dry surface and then you can simply apply a new coat over the old one to bring your fence back to life. If you use ExoShield you should only need to re-coat the fence once every 3-5 years. Save both your time and your money by investing in the best-in-class wood stain in the market.

Vertical vs. Horizontal Design

With tropical hardwoods, there are many available options when it comes to the style of fence you can build. Currently, the latest trends are horizontal fencing and privacy screens because of the modern feel they can give a home. Seeing as they are free of knots, defects, and have a striking color, tropical hardwoods fit perfectly with this modern style of fencing. This style of fencing also will help reduce rot and help keep the wood looking healthy. Add a stain as well and your fence will absolutely make a statement to anybody who passes by!

Vertical fences provide a more classic look with many homeowners and many builders are choosing to build "good-neighbor fences" like the example below built with Nova's Batu fencing. This traditional style is a surefire way to upgrade any home or building, especially when using quality materials. Keep your property protected and looking sharp with the best wood products in the business.

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Regardless of the fence design you choose, tropical hardwoods should be a top choice if you are looking for a long-lasting, minimal-maintenance fence that adds beauty and value to your property.

All of our top selling hardwood species can be used in fencing applications including Red Balau, Batu, Yellow Balau, Manilkara, Angelim Pedra, Ipe and Cumaru.

By Keaton Smith, 09/25/20

"Removing light water marks or spotting can be done with just a dab of ExoShield oil on a microfiber cloth."

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