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How Long Does A Wood Fence Last?

   Are you considering having a wood fence installed on your property? 

    One of the most frequent questions many people considering wood fencing ask is, “How long does a wood fence last?” This week, we’ll address this and some other wood fencing questions.

Wood Fence Lifespan

    One of the chief concerns when installing a fence is how long it will last. 

   And this can be an especially important question when it comes to wood fencing. While many factors will impact the lifespan of a wooden fence, it is generally agreed that a wood fence can last about twenty years.

What Affects the Lifespan of a Wood Fence?

     As wood is an organic material, the chief threat to a wooden fence is rotting. To prevent rot from damaging a wood fence, you should have maintenance performed at proper intervals, including replacing broken or rotted boards and resealing, staining or painting the fence.

   Setting aside impact damage to fencing, such as falling branches, the two most common causes of degradation of wood fences are moisture and termites. Fortunately, by controlling pooling water around your fence, you can also reduce your fence’s attractiveness to termites. That’s because termites prefer damp and rotting wood.

   Especially regarding wooden privacy fences, your best bet for a long fence lifespan will be to ensure that drainage in your yard is not causing pooling against the fence.

Is Wood Fencing Environmentally Friendly?

    Wood is a renewable resource, and it is an especially responsible choice when it comes from a properly managed forest. Trees sequester carbon dioxide but consume much less as they reach maturity. By responsibly harvesting older trees, space can be made for younger trees to grow, making the forest more productive and sequestering more carbon.

Is Wood Fencing Durable?

     Although wood is not as durable as steel fencing, it is still an extremely strong material. Wood fences are extremely durable when constructed properly and maintained. We recommend wood fencing for many residential decorative and privacy fences.

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