Wooden fencing in a domestic garden, installed by Croft Environmental.

How Long Should a Wooden Fence Last?

Tips for Making a Wooden fence last

Wooden fences are stylish features that can add curb appeal and security to your property.
In order for your new fence to stand the test of time, you’ll need to know how to properly maintain it.

Selecting the right materials

When it comes to garden fences, high-quality timber is a coveted option as it adds a touch of elegance to your outdoor area. The options sit between hardwood and softwood, which both have their own benefits and drawbacks. Hardwood is highly durable due to its ability to withstand the elements. It also has a beautiful warm colour that provides an element of authenticity. However, this desirable colour can fade over time and develop a greyish tint, which means you will need to maintain the colour with wood varnish and/or oil to keep your garden fence looking its best.
On the other hand, softwood is a versatile material that often comes with a layer of protection as it does not withstand the elements and bad weather as much as hardwood. It may be a cheaper option, but you will need to carry out a lot more maintenance to keep the layer of protection and the wood intact.

Get the Fence Installed by a professional

The lifespan of a domestic fence does not only depend on the materials chosen and the maintenance undertaken. In fact, it all starts with installation. Poor fence installation can result in damage that could have been avoided had it been properly installed. For instance, wooden fencing that hasn’t been secured and bolted down properly is more susceptible to wind damage. Additionally, a garden fence that is installed in the wrong area – for instance where puddles tend to build up – can lead to wood damage. Enlisting the help of a professional is always recommended to prevent unnecessary damage and save you money in the future.

Protect Your Fence with Wood Stain

Although most wooden fences come pre-treated to ensure it can withstand bad weather and the elements, this layer of protection diminishes over time and can leave your wooden fencing vulnerable. Wood stain does not only ensure your wooden fence keeps its beautiful colour, it also reinstates a level of protection that prevents rot and decay caused by weather exposure. It is recommended that wood stain is re-applied yearly in order to maintain the colour of your garden fence and prolong its durability by reinforcing the level of protection. It is important that you choose a stain or varnish that is designed specifically for wood. You will be able to find products that define their purpose such as outdoor wood protection.