Heron Building Co
We're Heron Building Co, a Premier Fence and Outdoor Living Construction Company serving Franklin & Nashville, Tennessee. With extensive experience in fence contracting and outdoor craftsmanship, we bring a unique design/build approach to each project. Our greatest passion lies in creating outdoor spaces that are tailor-made and inspire you to live more life outside.

When it comes to enhancing the curb appeal and value of your home, nothing beats a beautifully designed and expertly crafted fence. At Heron Building Co, we specialize in creating architectural wood fences in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin that not only look stunning but also stand the test of time. With over a decade of experience in residential and commercial fencing, we pride ourselves on our design-forward approach, using premium materials and top-notch craftsmanship to deliver fences that are both functional and beautiful.

The Beauty and Benefits of Thermally Modified Wood Fences

What is Thermally Modified Wood?

Thermally modified wood is a game-changer in the fencing industry. This innovative process involves using only heat and steam to extract moisture from the wood, altering its cellular composition in a high-heat, oxygen-deprived environment. The result is a wood that is no longer a food source for mold, rot, or fungal decay. This chemical-free process not only enhances the wood’s durability but also its aesthetic appeal.

Benefits of Thermally Modified Wood Fences

  1. 20-Year Warranty: One of the most significant benefits of thermally modified wood is its longevity. With a 20-year warranty, you can be confident that your fence will stand strong for decades.
  2. Dimensional Stability: Thermally modified wood has increased dimensional stability, meaning it experiences minimal expansion and contraction. This ensures that your fence remains straight and true throughout its life.
  3. Less Water Absorption: The process significantly reduces the wood’s ability to absorb water, making it much less susceptible to mold, rot, and fungal decay.
  4. Chemical-Free: The modification process uses no chemicals, making it an environmentally friendly choice for your fence.
  5. Natural Wood Tones: Thermally modified wood retains its beautiful, natural tones, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your fence.

Popular Wood Choices for Thermally Modified Fences

  • Ash: Known for its strength and beautiful grain, ash is an excellent choice for a robust and attractive fence.
  • Oak: Oak’s durability and timeless appeal make it a favorite for many homeowners.
  • Southern Yellow Pine: This wood is not only cost-effective but also highly durable, making it perfect for fences that need to withstand the elements.

Premium Hardwood Materials

In addition to thermally modified wood, we also offer premium hardwood materials such as ipe, teak, and tigerwood. These hardwoods are renowned for their beauty and durability, making them ideal for high-end fencing projects. When combined with stone, brick, or masonry pillars, these materials create a stunning and luxurious look that can elevate the exterior of any home.


Designing Your Architectural Wood Fence

Privacy or Aesthetics?

When designing your fence, consider what you need it for. Whether you’re looking for privacy, security, or simply to enhance your home’s curb appeal, we can help you choose the perfect design to meet your needs.

Codes and HOA Compliance

Before starting your fence project, it’s crucial to check local codes and HOA rules. At Heron Building Co, we assist our clients in ensuring that their fences meet all necessary regulations, so you can have peace of mind throughout the installation process.

Gates and Access Points

Plan where you’ll need gates and access points for convenience and accessibility. Proper planning ensures that your fence not only looks great but also functions perfectly for your daily needs.

Combining Materials for a Luxurious Look

For a truly luxurious fence, consider combining wood with other materials:

  • Masonry or Stone Pillars: Adding stone or masonry pillars to your wood fence creates a dynamic and luxurious look, adding stability and aesthetic appeal.
  • Decorative Wire: For a modern twist, add decorative wire to your wood fence for visual contrast and extra security.
  • Crossbuck and Split Rail Fences: Classic and charming, these fences are perfect for large properties and farms, blending seamlessly with the landscape.


Oil Options for Your Wood Fence

High-Performance Oiling

For those who prefer a natural look with added protection, high-performance oiling is an excellent choice. CUTEK® Extreme is a high-performance oil designed to enhance the durability and longevity of thermally modified wood. It penetrates deep into the wood, providing superior protection against moisture and weathering. The addition of CUTEK® UV Colortone helps maintain the wood’s color and provides UV protection to prevent aging and patina development.

Natural Color Aging and Patina

Over time, wood can develop a beautiful natural patina, especially when left untreated. This aging process can add character and charm to your fence. However, if you prefer to maintain the wood’s original color, using products like CUTEK® Extreme with CUTEK® UV Colortone can help preserve its appearance while offering robust protection against the elements.

By choosing the right stain and finish options, you can ensure your wood fence remains beautiful and protected for years to come, while still allowing for the natural aging process that adds unique character to your fence.

Quality Design and Craftsmanship

Investing in quality design and professional installation is crucial for a long-lasting fence. At Heron Building Co, we focus on top-notch craftsmanship and premium materials to ensure that your fence not only looks great but also stands the test of time.

Getting a Fence Estimate

Ready to upgrade your fence? Contact Heron Building Co for a fence estimate in Franklin, Brentwood, and Nashville. As one of the leading fence companies in the area, we offer personalized consultations to help you choose the perfect fence for your home. Our expert team is here to answer your questions and guide you through every step of the process.


Using architectural materials for your fence in Tennessee offers numerous benefits, from enhanced durability and stability to increased aesthetic appeal. Whether you choose thermally modified wood or premium hardwoods like ipe and teak, you can be sure that your fence will be a beautiful and long-lasting addition to your home. Schedule a free estimate with Heron Building Co today, and let us help you create a fence that perfectly complements your home’s style and meets your specific needs.

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