A good quality wooden fence that’s well maintained can last only for 10 to 15 years. However, as most fences are not manufactured from 100% treated lumber, the material might wear out and need to be replaced earlier than expected. Most wooden fences last up to 10 years and begin to show signs of needing repairs and replacements that need to be addressed. Here are a few real-life stories where the wooden fences needed to get replaced, and repairing didn’t suffice.
The fence started to rot badly
“My wooden fence has started to rot; it’s not what I brought a year ago.”
This is probably the most common thing that happens to a wooden fence. One entrepreneur came to us and complained that he needed a more durable and rot-resistant fence for his commercial space. Duramax is one of the leading manufacturers of vinyl fences, and we suggested he replaces the wooden fence with a vinyl one.
The wooden fence is not weather- resistant and will start to rot within a few months. The rot occurs in places where the fence is closer to the ground. The boards experience severe moisture absorption in these areas and start rotting. One can apply a preservative to prevent the wooden fence from rotting, but eventually, nature takes its course, and rotting is inevitable. If you find your wooden fence rotting, consider replacing it with a new vinyl fence rather than spending money on preservatives and other moisture repellents or sealants.
Vinyl fences are 100% rot-resistant and can last over 20 years without rusting, rotting, warping, or breaking. Being a waterproof material, the vinyl fence can be cleaned with a garden hose. Once installed, you will never need to maintain a vinyl fence. No repainting or staining is necessary to keep the fence looking new and fresh for years. Our line of vinyl fences does not fade, turn yellow, and maintain its pristine look for years.
“My neighbor complains that our fence line is leaning towards their property.”
Good fences make good neighbors, and if you have a sagging fence, then it becomes a huge problem in maintaining good neighborly relations. If you repeatedly repair a sagging and leaning wooden fence, it’s time to replace it. We suggested that the homeowner to replace the wooden fence with a vinyl one. However, unlike the regular vinyl fence, Duramax Fences have thicker walls that won’t break, crack, sag, or fall over. Extreme heat, gusty winds, hurricanes, and tornados can topple over the lightweight wooden and thin vinyl fences, not the thick-walled Duramax Fence. Moreover, our fences have a strong routing and interlocking system that holds the fence panels in place and ensures that the fence line is not sagging or leaning and breaking into someone else’s property.
“No matter what I do, termites wreak havoc with my fence.”
This is another great concern, and property owners often come to us with this problem. Termites can damage fences by creating holes and destroying the structural strength of the fence line. There can be many termites eating away the wooden fence, and if that’s so, then calling for professional help might be the only way out. However, termite infestation is quite common, and instead of using chemicals to keep the pests at bay, we suggested replacing the wooden fence with a chemical-resistant vinyl material.
Duramax’s vinyl fences are chemical- resistant and great for families with pets and kids. Moreover, the vinyl fences do not attract termites and are lead-free and non-toxic. Termite-infested wooden fences eventually need to be replaced, so we suggest choosing a vinyl fence rather than inviting the same troublesome pests again and again.
Split or missing boards
“My cat escaped through the missing board.”
The split or missing boards of the fence can be repaired, but if there are lots of splits and missing boards, then it might be time to replace the entire fence. Since wooden fences are vulnerable to rain and sun, they begin to crack and split within a few years. We told the homeowner that if she is considering replacing the split board, she should know that split-warped boards perform poorly, cause structural problems, and might ruin the aesthetic appeal.
That’s the reason why it’s recommended to replace the wooden fence with a vinyl one, which has great structural strength and can withstand weather extremities without deforming and falling apart. Duramax Fences have a limited lifetime warranty and are engineered to ensure maximum durability.
The cost of repairing a wooden fence is high
“I compared the recurring repairs and overall expenditure and decided to get the high-maintenance wooden fence replaced with a vinyl one.”
Vinyl fences are a one-time investment. Initially, the cost might be high, but once installed, you do not need to get the vinyl fence repainted, and there are absolutely no repairs needed. This realization dawned upon one of our customers, who considered replacing the wooden fence with our DuraGrain one.
The DuraGrain vinyl fence is a wood-grained material that does not rot, attract termites, sag, warp, or break easily. The DuraGrain fence looks like a wooden fence but behaves like a vinyl one. This wood-grained fence has vinyl’s cell structure, making the material waterproof, weather resistant, termite resistant, and more. You get all the benefits of vinyl in a DuraGrain fence that looks like wood.
If you want to learn more about vinyl fences and why they are a better alternative to a wooden fence, book your no-cost consultation now—request a free quote.