Wood is the most widely used material for outdoor construction projects such as decks, patios, pergolas, and fences. Working with wood is easier and requires common tools rather than specialized equipment, this keeps the cost down on most projects. Unfortunately wood makes a great meal for wood boring insects like termites, ants, and wood destroying bacteria and fungus. If not painted or treated in some way it will only last a few years. There are certain species of wood that is naturally resistant to insects, and wood rot such as cedar and black locust. On The Texas Gulf Coast the best option for anything that has ground contact is a chemically treated wood such as fir or pine. Southern Yellow Pine is the most common pressure treated wood found in The Woodlands Texas.
All wood fence can be found being built from naturally resistant woods such as cedar, redwood, black locust and others, but along the Gulf Coast the wood primarily used for outdoor construction is ACQ Pressure Treated Pine. Pressure treated wood is a permanent method for preserving the life of timber. The process of treating wood with chemicals under pressure is proven and reliable. This process allows for a more predictable and reliable method to gauge the amount and degree of penetration of preservative chemicals imparted into the wood.