How Long Should A Wooden Fence Last
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Are you considering a garden fence installation. One question often asked is: how long should a wooden fence last? We look at the options for fencing materials and methods for maintaining it to last longer.
How Long Do Wood Fences Last?
Fences are predominantly built from wood types, such as Cedar, Pine and Spruce, as these tend to be the most popular timber for various reasons.
Your garden or backyard fences longevity often has a great deal to do with the materials they are built from. Spruce tends to last around 4-7 years, Cedar can last 15-30 years, and Pine can last approximately 5-12 years.
Treated wood fencing is an entirely different story. It increases longevity; for example, treated spruce could last around 20 years and Cedar for about 40 years. However, the only downfall of such lifespans is that treated wood can be susceptible to too much moisture.
If you find that your pickets or panels touch the ground or your plants, they can be significantly affected by the water in the soil or from excessive watering. It dramatically reduces the lifespan by three years or so.
To avoid such issues, ensure your wooden fencing posts are frequently treated, dried and stained with a product that locks in the necessary moisture.
You want to ensure you place gravel filler or concrete into each of your post holes to ensure they are properly installed to keep moisture out.
Annual Fencing Maintenance
Approximately once each year, you may need to wander the perimeter of your fence, looking for warping boards, split rails, loose nails, cracking, rotting or any loose nails. Most wooden fences are relatively low maintenance.
If you begin to spot any issues or trouble areas, you must seek ways of replacing or repairing them as soon as possible. Spotting problems early enables you to effectively prevent ongoing damage from spreading in the future or as the year progresses and cold seasons approach.
It is best to keep shrubbery and vines away from your fences and keep a close eye on tree roots; they may begin to uproot the base of your fence.
Beauty bark is known to trap plenty of moisture in, so strive not to lay it against one side of the bottom; it will rapidly increase the potential of your fence rotting.
Annual maintenance means that every few years, alongside inspection, you should thoroughly clean your wooden fences with a pressure washer or jet wash.
Cleaning will allow you to remove any dirt, moss and mud or built-up grime. Once clean, you need to reseal the fence with paint, stain or sealant. The process will add years to your beautiful fence, making it appear brand-new and fresh for the rest of the year.
Fence Material Quality
Typically, your fence's material and overall quality will affect its lifespan.
Often, you'll find that most new fences on the UK market are built from Redwood, Douglas fir and Cedar; out of the most commonly used types of lumber, these three tend to be more resistant to fungal decay than various others.
Many professionals in the industry prefer to use pressure-treated posts compared to non-pressure treated because the material acts as more of an insect-deterrent, preventing your plants or vegetable garden from being invaded by pests and all manner of insects. Non-pressure treated wood provides a material that extends the lifespan of your fence.
Modern wood for fences and other outdoor builds has grown massively in popularity, and therefore, a significant pitfall that many customers face is the quality of wood has decreased. It is now a far more mass-produced product, and its value has suffered for the sake of expediency.
Often, you'll discover that boards and panels are cut much thinner, making them more prone to weathering and wear; younger, weaker trees are being harvested so that companies can meet their quota, and grading has severely slacked. Pressure-treated posts can now fail as early as five years.
Further Fencing Considerations
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Our garden design experts can supply and install a beautiful garden fence for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.