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Everything you Need to Know About a Wood Fence

Everything you Need to Know About a Wood Fence

Wooden fencing is a beautiful fencing material to use on residential or commercial properties. They can be styled in many different ways and last a while. Read more about the commonly asked questions for wood fences.

What is the cheapest wooden fence?

Treated pine is the most cost-effective and long-lasting wood fencing choice, with HomeAdvisor estimating $1 to $5 per linear foot for a 6-foot tall privacy fence board. Pressure treated pine will outlast regular pine over time, so it is a wise investment even though it is slightly more expensive.

What is the best wood for a fence?

Redwood is undoubtedly the most commonly used form of wood for wood fencing, and despite its expensive cost, its quality, durability, and aesthetic value place it among the best wooden fence options.

How long will a treated wood fence last?

How long do pressure-treated wooden fences really last? A typical pressure-treated wooden fence has a lifespan of roughly 15-20 years. However, a wood fence’s lifespan can be larger or short than 15 years depending on its maintenance. If you take care of your fence, you can expect it to last a long time. But if you don’t repair the fence or apply protective coatings, then it will shorten its lifespan. Most homeowners report noticing noticeable aesthetic declines, including rotting and splitting, around the 15-year mark.

Do you need pressure treated wood for a fence?

To withstand decay and the elements, wood must be pressure-treated when used for fencing. Although it is resistant to shrinking, it can still warp, split, or twist.

How far apart should fence posts be?

The majority of fence posts can be placed 8 to 12 feet apart. While this is a broad requirement, it does not cover all possible cases. High tensile fence, for example, might have wider spacing, requiring line posts every 15 to 20 feet for field fence designs, and up to 20-30 feet for high tensile barbed and smooth wire.

How do you keep wooden fence posts from rotting?

Applying a sealant or stain to your wooden fence can help provide additional rot protection. To help keep rot-causing moisture out of your fences, you can apply a water resistant sealer to the wood as well.

Should fence boards touch the ground?

A wood fence should be built at least two inches off the ground in most cases. Only your posts and rot boards (if you choose to use them) should come into touch with the ground. Wood pickets should never touch it.

Does staining a fence make it last longer?

Painting or staining a wood fence can extend its life and improve its appearance. Either one will help to extend the life of your fence by protecting it against rot, insects, and wear and tear. However, we usually advocate staining a fence rather than painting it.

Should you use nails or screws for a wood fence?

Nails are easier to install than screws, which means less work for you or your builder (which may translate into lower installation cost). Nails, on the other hand, are more prone than screws to go loose over time. Screws do a better job of securing the fence than nails.

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