Wooden fences have long been a staple among classic homes, but nowadays they’ve become even more popular. There are a few commonly used types of wood used for fencing, such as…
Picking a wood that’s right for your home may be a little difficult, but effectively protecting your lovely new fence is just as trying. Thankfully, we have a quick little guide to help you get started!
Tips for Protecting Your Fencing
The first part of protecting your fencing is choosing an appropriate wood for your environment. If your home has had problems with termites or carpenter ants in the past, you’ll want to choose a resilient material that resists insect damage. Cypress and redwood trees are both highly effective against insects, though they tend to come at a premium price. If you live an area with high humidity, you may want a rot-resistant cedar instead.
Next, you’ll want to identify any potential hazards for your fence line. You may have had a tree survey completed when you first purchased your property. If not, you may want to schedule one before you get started on your backyard makeover.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure your fence is coated for protection. Painting or staining will do the trick, but we recommend staining for long-term effect. The usually recommended waiting time before staining is around eight weeks after installation. Alternatively, you can have the wood stained before it’s installed. You can also elect to have your wood pre-treated by the manufacturer, which can add a couple years of lifetime.
How Long Will a Wood Fence Last?
So once you’ve gone through all this effort, how long will your fencing last? Spruce and pine have the shortest average lifespans (out of the trees we’ve mentioned), but they can both last around 20 years if we’ll maintained. Cedar can last twice as long, while cypress and redwood have similarly long lifespans.
Get a Quote for Cedar Fence Installation!
Our team at T-Town Fence & Gate would love to answer any questions you have about wood fences. If you’re interested in installing fencing for your yard, consider one of our lovely wooden fences, such as our T-Town cedar fencing! You can give us a call at 918-221-0048.