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At Minnesota White Cedar Fence Panels our products are available in varying quality grades depending upon your desires. These styles - Dog Ear, Milled Stockade, Gothic, French Gothic, and Shadow Box - are produced in two grades, Premium and Contractor Grade. Special orders can be made for any other styles, which are otherwise only available in Premium Grade.


  Grade Difference - Front
Grade Difference - Back


Premium Grade
This grade uses the highest quality lumber put forth by Minnesota White Cedar Fence Panels. Panels built with Premium Grade lumber show minimal tight knots and no visual imperfections.


Contractor Grade
Contractor Grade is visually thought by some to have more character due to its visual imperfections, distinct from Premium Grade. Constructed from the same high quality material, it is considered a more rustic, yet highly desirable, look and is a great value for the money. And, due to the natural resiliency of White Cedar these subtle imperfections do not affect the life of the fence panels.

At Minnesota White Cedar Fence Panels we visually inspect each picket, when assembling our Contractor Grade panels we always try to place the defect facing towards the back rails when possible, ensuring the best side is showing out.


The visual imperfections that result in making Contractor Grade are three:


White Cedar… You Can Be Assured That You’re Getting Nature’s Finest.
There are numerous reasons our fences are special from the start. The wood, Northern White Cedar, has natural oils and acids making it more resistant to water, insects, and rot. It is also more dimensionally stable, providing for less shrinkage and warping. These natural benefits make it the ideal material for wooden fences, allowing the wood to be installed in an untreated state and last for many years - or easily stained or painted to last even longer.


Distinct Among Its Peers… A Time Proven Choice
A strong, beautiful tree species, Northern White Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) is also commonly referred to as yellow cedar, Atlantic white cedar, eastern white cedar, American arborvitae, and “the tree of life.” Its rugged strength as a building material reflects its growing environment.


Native to the Northern U.S. and Southern Canada, from the Great Lakes to the eastern seaboard, the tree spends much of its life in freezing temperatures, withstanding heavy snowfalls, driving rain, and at times scorching sun.


Natural Character
As opposed to the more common Western Red Cedar, Northern White Cedar is coveted for its ability to weather gracefully over time. As an untreated wood, it develops less of the black discoloration associated with untreated red cedar. Instead, when exposed to the elements, White Cedar typically fades to a classic silver-gray, as is often seen in the White Cedar Shake Roof of New England.

Staying True… Standing Tall & Straight.
Thanks to its structural integrity, White Cedar warps less than many other woods. While any wooden fence will warp and crack if given enough time, White Cedar offers more durability than many other types of wood. This durability often adds years of extra life to the fence, reducing the maintenance needs common to other woods. Why? The moisture in a fence is typically what causes it warp and crack, and that’s especially the case in colder climates during freeze and thaw cycles. However, White Cedar adapts its moisture content to more closely match the atmosphere, reducing the impact of those extreme changes that surround it in the air and soil.