Front Range Lumber is your source for quality, long-lasting fencing lumber and accessories. We offer a wide range of fence lumber styles in a selection of different materials, including western red cedar and maintenance-free vinyl.
Available accessories include a variety of gate and hardware options, caps, finials, specialty parts and more. Let us help you explore all the options available when you start planning your fence project.
Fencing Lumber Grades/Quality
The market has responded to the public’s wish for inexpensive cedar. While fencing is a valued item to add to your home, it certainly doesn’t carry the “glamour” value like a deck or home theater room. Cedar is the predominant wood used in fencing today because it has the combination of low cost and long lasting characteristics needed for an exterior product. Front Range Lumber provides a generally higher grade/quality than most suppliers.
We strongly encourage customers to look at the material that they are planning to purchase prior to purchase.
Simply put, there are many different fence lumber qualities, along with vastly different prices. By judging your buying decision on price alone, you’ll get the cheapest fencing lumber quality available.
It is important to realize that there are no grading specifications generally accepted in the nation regarding cedar, specifically fencing products. Labels such as “premium” or “#1” or “select” are subjective and placed on products by the mills, distributors or retailers to market their products. Note that unlike most other lumber, cedar boards do NOT have a grade stamp printed on every stick.
Splits, bark, missing edges and other flaws are inherent in cedar fencing products. These cannot be considered reasons for returns or exchanges. We will work with you on exchanging unacceptable boards within reason, but please plan on the fact that every board will not be perfect
All these boards are graded on the rough sawn side ONLY.
There are two major differences you’ll find in cedar fence pickets. The 2x4 and 4x4 will generally always be of Western Red Cedar and cut from “green” rough sawn logs. “Green” lumber is harvested, and promptly machined and shipped – the wood has not been seasoned or dried. Remember that rough sawn lumber will be of varying dimension, but closer to full measurements (4x4 will be close to 4”x 4”). Pickets can be either be “dry” or “green”. This refers to the wood being dried before machining and/or shipment. A dried product will be more stable with less splitting, knot-popping and warpage. Green pickets are mostly ¾” or thinner. Dry fence pickets will be ¾” or thicker (primarily 7/8” thick). Obviously a thicker, more substantial picket brings much more value to you. The species or type of cedar available in pickets will vary.