5 Signs its time to replace your wood fence

If you have a wood fence, you may be wondering when it’s time to replace it.

A well-constructed and maintained wood fence can last for many years.

There are certain signs that will let you know it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

A wooden fence with a house in the background.
Time to have your old wood fence replaced?

Here’s 5 things that are key indicators that its time to replace:

  1. Rot and decay causes wood fence replacement – Wood fences can break down and deteriorate over time. If you notice your fence has become soft or spongy, or has visible signs of decay such as mold or rot, it’s probably time to replace it.
  2. Warping and bowing may indicate a fence replacement – Warping or bowing can be caused by extreme weather or improper installation. If your fence is no longer straight or leaning, consider replacing it. Pressure Treated Pine pickets are more prone to warping.
  3. Pest damage can necessitate a fence replacement – Wood fences are vulnerable to damage from pests like termites and carpenter ants. If your fence has holes or is otherwise damaged by pests, consider replacing it with Western Red Cedar pickets, which are resistant to pests.
  4. Age may warrant a fence replacement – Most wood fences last around 20 years. If yours is approaching or has surpassed this age, consider replacing it.
  5. A new fence can improve privacy and safety – If your fence no longer provides privacy, consider replacing it with a taller fence or one with more closely spaced pickets. This will also increase safety for kids and pets.

If you’re seeing any of these signs with your wood fence, it may be time to start thinking about a replacement. While replacing a wood fence can be a significant investment, it can also add value to your property and provide a number of benefits, including increased security and improved curb appeal.

A wooden fence with a roof on top of it.
Brand new 6ft tall Cedar fence. Board-on-Board style fence .
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