An average wood fence can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years depending on the quality of the installation, type of wood and how well it is maintained. A wooden fence is a beautiful addition to any home, but consider these questions to determine which type of wood fence to install:
What is your local weather? When selecting a type of lumber for your fence, consider the local weather. Do you live in a rainy area or a dry area? Does your area reach freezing temperatures or above 100 degree temperatures? Does the weather fluctuate or remain relatively stable? Choosing the proper wood for your climate will deter decay and provide a long-lasting fence.
How vulnerable to insects is the wood? The next thing to be aware of is the wood species’ susceptibility to insect infestation. If the wood you choose does not have a natural repellent or is not pressure treated, termites could take up residence and eat away at your fence, leaving it to rot and fall apart.
What type of wood should you use?
- Cedar doesn’t require much maintenance and the wood contains natural insect-repelling substances. Its pleasant scent and pleasing look also make it desirable, though it is more expensive than some other types of wood.
- Redwood is also insect-resistant and long lasting, and many people prefer its look, though it is similarly priced to cedar.
- Be sure to treat your fence with weatherproof solution to protect against moisture and extremely low or high temperatures.
- The finish should also contain UV protection, which will preserve the natural colorof the wood longer. Clean and refinish the fence every other year to maintain its look.