The quality of your property investments matter. That would apply to your understanding about the average lifespan of a residential wood fence.
Your fencing choice secures your property and increases its asset value. It also enhances your property’s aesthetic appeal.
Those are factors that affect your actions relative to maintaining the longevity of your fence.
What is the average lifespan of a residential wood fence?
The answer varies depending on a variety of factors.
- The type of wood you select
- Your local climate
- Ongoing fence maintenance
- The installer’s expertise and quality
All factors considered, expect an expertly installed and well-maintained wood fence to last an average of 15 to 20 years. Even so, protecting your investment is vital for extending the lifespan of your wood fence.
Fence quality and maintenance helps assure lasting security and curb appeal for your property.
How to maintain your wood fence to protect its lifespan
Select the best wood
The type of wood used is key to the durability and security of your fence. High quality woods recommended by an expert fence company and installer typically include:
An essential part of wood selection is how well it resists decay or insect infestation. Woods that contain natural oils and resins form a protective barrier against moisture and pests.
For example, western red cedar pickets are highly recommended. Ask us about the quality and durability of this trusted wood product.
Clean and seal your fence
Routine cleaning has more to do with protecting it from potential and ongoing harm. For example, the growth of mold or mildew can lead to wood rot.
- Monitor your fence surface for a build-up of dirt and mildew.
- Rinse your fence using a garden hose or low-pressure power washer and allow it to dry before doing any additional maintenance such as applying a sealant.
And speaking of sealing your fence…
A fence sealant can enhance its moisture resistance and protect the wood from deterioration. Sealing each side and the end-caps of your fence materials can help extend its lifespan.
- Prevent water penetration.
- Reduce the risk of warping, rotting, or splitting.
It’s recommended that you use a high-quality, oil-based stain and sealant (e.g. Wood Defender®).
Keep in mind that certain wood sealants can significantly reduce the lifespan of your fence. Consult with a professional fence company/installer before applying a wood sealant to assure you’re using the best product and avoiding those that could harm your fencing.
Inspect and repair your fence as necessary
Be aware of any damage to your wood fence. Look for:
- Loose fence pickets
- Broken or rotted sections
- Loose or missing nails
The sooner you repair any noticeable issues the better for protecting your fence investment.
Assure effective water drainage around your fence
Standing water – especially around the bottom of your fencing materials – can lead to wood erosion over time. Assuring adequate drainage helps direct water away from your fencing.
- Confirm that the ground around your fence slopes away from it.
- Monitor standing water issues and seek drainage solutions to channel it away from your fence.
The lifespan of a wood fence relies on the investment quality and monitoring its condition. Expect your wood fence to provide years of security and curb-appeal as you select the best materials and trust the expertise of professional fence installers.
Check out the following resource about expert wood fence design and installation that secures and adds value to your property:
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- Experts are available to help with your decision, installation, and your ongoing questions about protecting your fence investment.
- Upgrade your home’s security and appearance.