At Pecos Fence, we often get asked, “How long will a cedar fence last?” You’ll be happy to know that in Texas, a properly maintained cedar fence can last for 15-20 years or more.
This is longer than a pine (5-12 years) or fir/spruce (4-7 years) fence will last. Cedar fences can last so long because they have natural properties that allow them to stand up to the elements.
Cedar contains special oils that make it naturally bug and weather resistant. But, if you really want to keep your fence for as long as possible, consider these tips:
1. Don’t use sprinklers or lawn/pool chemicals near your cedar fence.
While cedar is naturally water resistant, it is not waterproof.
A sprinkler spraying onto a wood fence is one of the fastest ways to cause premature deterioration.
Don’t cause the problems for yourself, orient sprinklers to spray away from your cedar privacy fence.
2. Keep the fence line clear of trees and vegetation.
Heavy vegetation will shorten the lifespan of any fence.
Trees will grow in and out the fence, or in many cases the roots will simply push the fence out of their way.
Heavy vegetation also brings with it an abundance of moisture. This will accelerate the deterioration process of your cedar fence.
3. Finish your fence with an oil based stain.
Introduce an oil based stain onto the fence, to give it extra protection from the sun and rain.
There are many options to choose from but at Pecos Fence we recommend WOOD DEFENDER. This product is made just for fences, with no mixing necessary. Check it out!
Like suntan lotion or car wax, this finish must be reapplied in order to maximize its protective ability.Re-apply your stain every 3-4 years to prolong your fence life.