Are you considering purchasing a wood fence? One of the first questions on your mind is probably how long will it last? Right along with, is it worth the money?
These are good questions to ask yourself before you spend thousands of dollars installing one. There’s no set-in-stone answer to how long wood fences last because various things determine their lifespan.
This article will outline some factors that play a role in how long wood fences last.
TLC (Tender Loving Care)
Care is essential in making your fence last as long as possible. Every so often walk the perimeter of your fence and check for any boards that are broken, rotting, cracked or loose.
Also look for any nails that have become loose. Replace damaged boards immediately. Failing to do so could result cause the damage to spread.
You will need to periodically pressure wash your fence to remove dirt and grime. Some people do this annually, while others only do it every 2-3 years.
Once the fence has been pressure washed, it will need to be resealed to protect it from the elements. A water-repellent, UV inhibiting sealant is best.
Any cracks in the fence should be filled with epoxy or another type of wood filler. Vines or other plants that grow along your fence can lead to fence rot.
If you want your wood fence to last, purchasing the cheapest materials is not ideal. The wood tends to erode and wear down a lot faster, meaning that you’ll find your fence beyond repair within a couple of years.
Higher quality woods and materials can last decades and ultimately may be cheaper in the long term than spending on multiple cheap kinds of timber and repairs.
Cedar is a popular choice for fencing because it contains natural oils that repel insects. It is also eco-friendly and very durable. “Best Materials for Fencing,” discusses incense cedar and western red cedar and details why they are both excellent choices for fences.
The way the fence gets installed on your property can also be a factor that makes it last longer. While installation may seem trivial, there have been plenty of instances where subpar DIY jobs have erected the wood fence in an unsustainable manner.
If your wood fences have not been adequately secured and placed, they risk damage and weathering. There’s nothing wrong with installing one yourself if you know what to do.
However, installation is best left to professionals if you don’t have prior experience or knowledge.
The climate in your properties area is out of your control. Still, it’s undeniable that adverse weather affects the lifespan of a wood fence.
The fence will not last as long should the materials face heavy winds, heavy rains, and intense sunlight. Freezing winter temperatures will cause wood fences to become brittle and crack.
Wet fences are breeding grounds for mold and mildew. Rain can also cause your fence to rot. High winds can knock down trees or branches onto your fence.
Staining your fence is another critical factor in increasing its life. Many people choose to stain their fences because it gives the wood a remarkable visual appeal.
Staining your fence isn’t just to make it look good though; it also adds an extra layer of protection from harsh weather. Giving your fence a coat of wood stain will keep it from splintering, cracking, and warping.
A high-quality wood fence that is properly installed and well maintained should last at least 15 years or more. For more information on high-quality materials for wood fences read this article titled, “Cedar vs Redwood for Decking or Fencing.”
If you’d like to maximize your wooden fence’s life, professional help is often the best route. They have the tools, knowledge, and capability to ensure they can stand the test of time!
Here at the Lee Roy Jordan Lumber Company, fencing is one of our specialities. We would love to discuss some options with you today.