What is the average life expectancy of a wood fence?
Monday, May 25, 2020
You can expect wood fencing to last 15 to 25 years, with an average life of 20 years. Because wood is the only fence material that is organic and subject to rot, using a pressure-treated or naturally rot-resistant wood will improve its life, along with a paint or other sealant coating applied every 5 to 7 years.
Also, avoid creating any “water traps” at the top of posts, horizontal rails, vertical cracks, or other surfaces where water puddles on the surface or seeps in, instead of draining away by gravity. These areas will be the first to rot. A fence like the once shown at right, made from prefab panels, unpainted, and with multiple water traps, will definitely have a shorter life.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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