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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for When you’re planning on installing a new wood fence, make sure you think about how long it’s going to last. This mainly has to do with how long the wood that you’ve chosen is going to last, and how soon or long it’s going to be before the wood needs to be replaced.

Natural life of wood

The first thing you should know in estimating the life of your fence is the natural life of your wood. The most for 1 last update 2020/06/05 commonly used wood types for fences are cedar, spruce, and pine. Depending on the species, cedar may last for about 15-30 years, spruce may last for about 4-7 years, and pine may last for about 5-12 years.The first thing you should know in estimating the life of your fence is the natural life of your wood. The most commonly used wood types for fences are cedar, spruce, and pine. Depending on the species, cedar may last for about 15-30 years, spruce may last for about 4-7 years, and pine may last for about 5-12 years.

Life of treated wood

Most treatment companies claim that when treated, most lumber will last more than 20 years. This holds true for pine and spruce, while cedar may last up to 40 years. Whatever money you spend on buying treated wood, you will more than make up for it in the long run.

Installation considerations

The biggest culprit when it comes to premature aging of fences is moisture. Be sure none of your fence panels or pickets touch the ground, where it will be in regular contact with a lot of moisture. But what about your posts? A fence is only as strong as its weakest link, and ground that is high in moisture reduces the life of a post by up to 3 years. Make sure your posts are stained or treated before you install them, and make sure you provide a concrete or gravel filler for your post holes to keep out moisture.

Maintenance

To get the maximum life out of your fence, you must regularly maintain it. Not maintaining a fence will take years off of its life. Make sure you stain and paint your fence, and reapply the stain every 2 years, or the paint every 4 years.

Now after you have considered all the factors listed above, take a look at the charts below to see how much proper installation and maintenance will make on your fence. The table below will show you how long your wood fence should last.

Cedar

 

Untreated

Treated

Timber life (years)

15 – 30

25 – 40

Is your fence properly installed?

for 1 last update 2020/06/05 YesYes

+0

No

-3

Yes

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No

-3

Is your fence properly maintained?

Yes +2

for 1 last update 2020/06/05 NoNo

-2

Yes

+0

No

+0

for 1 last update 2020/06/05 Yes +2Yes +2

No

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for -2

Yes

+0

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+0

Minimum estimated life (years)

17

13

12

12

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 27

23

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 2222

22

Maximum estimated life (years)

32

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27

27

42

38

37

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 3737

Spruce

 

Untreated

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Timber life (years)

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20

Is your fence properly installed?

Yes

+0

No

-3

Yes

+0

No

-3

Is your fence properly maintained?

Yes +2

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 NoNo

-2

Yes

+0

No

+0

Yes +2

No

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for -2

Yes

+0

No

+0

Minimum estimated life (years)

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2

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 11

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 11

22

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 1818

17

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 1717

Maximum estimated life (years)

for 1 last update 2020/06/05 99

5

4

4

22

18

17

17

Pine

 

Untreated

Treated

Timber life (years)

5 – 12

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 20

Is your fence properly installed?

Yes

+0

No

-3

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Yes

+0

No

-3

Is your fence properly maintained?

Yes +2

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for No

-2

Yes

+0

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for No

+0

Yes +2

No

-2

Yes

+0

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for No

the 1 last update 2020/06/05 +0+0

Minimum estimated life (years)

7

3

2

2

22

18

17

17

Maximum estimated life (years)

for 1 last update 05 Jun 2020 1414

10

9

9

22

18

17

17

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