When To Replace Your Wood Fence?

Learn From the Best Fence Company Springfield IL

          Wood fences remain one of the most popular fence materials home and business owners use to surround their property. As with all things, your fence will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. The most common woods used for fencing are pine, spruce, and cedar. For most fences, this is more likely to be around the 10-year mark. Spruce is the least durable wood, lasting between 4 and 7 years, with pine fences having an average life span of 5 to 12 years. Cedar, though, is more expensive and well worth it, lasting between 15 and 20 years.

          Some fence problems, however, can be fixed with simple repairs. Signs your fence needs repair include discoloration, warping, or splintering. There is a general rule that if you need to repair more than 20% of your fence, your best bet is to replace it all.


         You know it’s time to consider replacing when you see some of the following signs:

  • Holes;

If your kids and dog can pass through it, and you can see your neighbors, you probably need a new one!

  • Rotting;

Yellow and grey stains on your fence means the wood is starting to rot, especially in places where it rains often. 

  • Leaning;

A leaning fence usually means there are more underlying problems with it. Whether it’s weak posts, or broken boards, this could lead to it completely toppling over.

  • Split and missing boards;

Over time, the boards on your fence may start getting loose and eventually, they fall off. While the fence is still standing right now, it’s probably structurally compromised, and it can fall at any second.

  • Loose and missing fasteners.

Screws and nails may become loose or even fall out of your fence over time. Keep in mind that deteriorating wood is not reliable for replacing fasteners.

          As a property owner, it’s best to plan to replace your wooden fence every 10 years or so. Fencing contractors are a great resource to help you determine if you should be fixing your backyard fence or if you need to completely replace the fence. Whether you require maintenance service or repairs, you can count on Springfield Fence Pros for professional services and affordable rates. We’re not the only Springfield IL fencing company out there, but we’re certainly one of the most trustworthy ones. Call (217) 212-2318 to discuss your fencing needs today!