Homeowners often select wooden fences because they add beauty to the property, increase the home’s value, and offer plenty of privacy. They will also last a long time, as long as they are well taken care of. The longevity of wooden fences also depends on the species of wood. Spruce fences generally only last 4 to 7 years, while pine may last 5 to 12 years. Cedar can last 15 to 30 years untreated, which is why reputable fence installers prefer this type of wooden fence.
Fence installers often recommend that homeowners purchase treated cedar fencing. When treated, pine and spruce fences might last up to 20 years. Treated cedar can last an astonishing 4 decades. To make sure your fence lasts as long as possible, apply a fresh coat of stain or paint about every 4 years. Additionally, keep plant growth away from the fence, and don’t aim your sprinklers at it.