Guy's Fencing, Inc. Industry Info

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Owner Guy Aranda with his wife, Teresa
If you’re planning to install a fence on your property, make sure you choose the right building material to meet your needs.

According to Guy Aranda, owner of Guy’s Fencing, Inc. in Windsor, one of the most important decisions to make when taking on a fence project is choosing the right type of wood. “I usually recommend pressure-treated wood for fence posts—it’s Douglas fir that has been chemically treated to resist insects and rotting, and it typically lasts 30 to 40 years,” he explains. “Sometimes people have concerns about pressure-treated wood because arsenic was once used in the treatment, but that’s no longer the case. Wood that has been pressure-treated is perfectly safe, long-lasting and relatively inexpensive.”
When it comes to fence boards, Mr. Aranda recommends using redwood instead of cedar. “The most common choice for boards is cedar, but it isn’t really a good fencing material because it tends to twist and warp,” he says. “Try finding redwood products made by a local supplier who utilizes sustainable business practices. You can also try composite decking—it’s made from recycled plastics, so it’s both environmentally-friendly and long-lasting.”
Dealing with a damaged fence can be tricky, as homeowners often have to weigh the cost of repairs against the expected life of their fences. Mr. Aranda says he often recommends avoiding repairs in favor of full replacement. “If your fence has minor damage to a few boards or posts, that’s one thing, but if there’s extensive damage or deterioration, it’s usually less expensive to replace the entire thing. Also, if the whole fence is relatively old, the repair won’t last that long, so it’s like you’re paying twice.”