How Long Does Wood Fencing Last?

June 27, 2023
How Long Does Wood Fencing Last?

Wood fencing is a popular choice for homeowners who want privacy and security without sacrificing aesthetics. Before investing in a wood fence, it may be helpful to know about their lifespan and maintenance requirements. This may help you decide whether or not a wood fence is the right choice for you. At Southland Fence & Supply, we have experience with a large variety of fences. Whether you want an iron, stone, wood, vinyl, or SimTek fence, we can help you choose and install it.

Factors That Influence the Lifespan of Your Fence

Wood fences should last between 10-15 years, but with regular care and maintenance, you may be able to extend that lifespan. Here are some of the factors that influence the longevity of wood fencing: 

Type and Quality of Wood

Choosing high-quality wood for your fence can help extend its lifespan. Different types of wood have varying levels of resistance to decay, insect infestation, and rot. Investing in high-quality wood, such as cedar, may help you avoid these issues. You will also want to look for wood with fewer knots, cracks, and imperfections. At Southland Fence & Supply, we use cedar that has at least a grade 2, meaning the fence boards do not have as many holes and knots as other materials. Using a company that prioritizes quality wood types and cuts can improve the longevity of your fence.

Climate and Environmental Factors

The climate and environmental conditions in your area can influence the lifespan of your wood fence. Prolonged exposure to sunlight, excessive moisture, humidity, and extreme temperature variations can all accelerate wood decay. Harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rainfall, can also impact your fence’s durability. If you live in a place with harsh weather conditions, you can still maintain the lifespan of your fence by implementing maintenance practices such as periodically applying wood stain.

Frequency of Fence Maintenance

Taking care of your fence regularly can extend its lifespan. Maintenance such as staining or sealing every few years, cleaning and repairing as needed, and trimming overgrown vegetation can help maintain your fence. These methods help prevent moisture penetration, remove debris, and address issues before they cause too much damage. In addition to our fence installation services, we can also provide fence staining services as often as you need them. Staining your fence every few years can help your fence hold up for longer, and it’s cheaper than replacing your fence early.

Installation Technique

To improve the lifespan of your fence, you need to install your fence correctly. Fence posts must be securely anchored to the ground, and the horizontal rails and boards must be properly fastened. If your fence is not installed properly, it could lead to warping, structural instability, and possibly premature degradation. Our experienced fence installation team knows how to install fences in various terrains to maximize the lifespan of the fence.

Come to Southland Fence & Supply for Your Wood Fence, SimTek Fence, and More

If you are looking for a fence that will give you privacy and security while possibly adding to the value of your home, then contact Southland Fence & Supply. We can help you install any style of fence from SimTek to wood to iron. Contact us today for a free estimate or to learn more about our fencing options.