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What types of lumber can be used for building a fence?

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Lumber that is resistant to rot, moisture and insects, such as Western red cedar, black locust and pressure-treated pine, makes for long-lasting fences. A more recent fencing material is PVC lumber. This lumber, which requires minimal maintenance, resists bugs, fungus and cracks.

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What types of lumber can be used for building a fence?
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The black locust tree, which is one of the toughest varieties found north of the equator, can last for many decades without continuous maintenance. A less expensive lumber comes from pressure-treated pine, which uses chemical treatments to resist moisture. Western red cedar provides natural resistance to moisture and rot, making it ideal for use in pickets and posts.

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