Below are a few items to consider when purchasing, installing and maintaining a wood fence.
Installing a wood fence:
The DIY fence installation will require tools, materials, physical labor, and possibly hiring helpers to complete
the job. Make sure the helpers are covered by their own insurance policy. Before you begin the job, check with
your insurance agent to ensure they are covered. Until the job is complete, you may need to purchase
additional insurance coverage. Before the installation begins, check with the local building codes and check the
property lines to ensure you are within your legal rights of fence placement. Hiring a service company to install
a wood fence requires checking for licenses, insurance coverage, references, and business reputation. Check
with the Better Business Bureau before hiring a fence installation company.
Cost of installation: Depending upon the style and material grade of the wood material chosen for the fence,
the cost will vary. Add to that the amount of material needed, length, and height of the fence will affect the
overall price. However, the average cost of material for a four-foot to six-foot tall wood privacy fence will be as
much as $10 to $30 per linear foot. For the lowest grade and least expensive route, the cost will average $7 to
$15 per linear foot. Depending upon the weather, season, regional area, and market price, the cost of
installation will average $10 to $30 per linear foot. Considering price variation, personal need, and style choice,
the cost may run as much as $30 to $100 per linear foot and higher for materials and installation. Before
making a purchase and beginning a fence project, obtain several quotes for materials and labor.
Commonly used steps to maintain a wood fence:
Most wood fences are constructed of wood comprised of cedar, spruce, and pine. Depending on the species of
the wood, cedar should last from 15 to 30 years. Spruce will last for approximately four to seven years. Fences
constructed using pine will last for about five years to twelve years. Staining or painting the fence may provide
protection and increase the lifespan of the fence. Manufacturers recommend staining the fence because stain
penetrates deeper into the wood than paint which chips and flakes. Stain just fades but it allows the wood, such
as cedar, to breathe. Either method will protect the fence against rot, insects, and inclement weather.
Periodically, check the stability of the fence structure. If necessary, refinish or paint the fence to keep it looking
nice and in good shape. Repair damaged boards and wood panels and replace damaged hardware. Use
general automotive grease for the locks and hinges. Use a brush to apply the grease. You may need to
disassemble the hinges or altogether replace them. To prevent the wood from rotting, keep the fence clear of
leaves and other debris. Perform a regular inspection and clean the fence with a broom or a pressure washer.
To increase the fence lifespan, and improve property value, use a good fence maintenance plan.