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Faced with an almost overwhelming range of materials, it's often difficult to make a clear choice. Here are a few tips to guide you. WOOD Depending on how the planks are arranged, wood can provide adequate privacy. It also allows you to use your own fence design. And wood is a renewable resource. Treated wood is unquestionably the most economical variety. The only drawbackk is its short lifespan - 10 years on average. Treated wood usually means pressure-treated wood to which certain substances are added, including a preservative called alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ), which protect the wood against insects and mildew. There are three main

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