Q: I am considering a wood fence, what is the difference between spruce and cedar?
A: There are many differences between spruce and cedar. Life expectancy is the major difference. On average, a spruce fence will last 8 to 10 years. However, cedar fencing will average 18 to 23 years. In addition, cosmetics play a differentiating role in spruce and cedar.
Spruce is almost white when it comes from the mills and tends to have more knots. Cedar has a much darker tone, and although cedar also has knots, they tend to be sparser and larger in nature. Cedar is also known to repel fleas and other insects. Ask one of our design consultants for further information.