How Often Should a Wood Fence Get Replaced?

Frequently, the question is not how often a wood fence should get replaced, but what are the telltale signs a damaged, deteriorated fence is beyond repair and needs replacement? It’s quite likely that a stained and treated fence could last 20 years or more; however, how many actually stain their fence every year as they should?

The harsh Texas winds and weather can wreak havoc on a wood fence. The sweltering summer sun beats down on the boards and the cold winter rain, sleet, and hail pelts the boards and winds howl through the exposed openings. Even a well-treated and stained lumber won’t stand up long under those conditions.

Here are three signs a wood fence has given you the best years of its life:

#1 – Your Fence Is Leaning

Unfortunately, just straightening a fence might not be enough to right the ship. The leaning fence quite likely started due to weakened support posts or shifts in the concrete. You might be able to add a year or two of life to the fence by repairing a section or two, but replacement is as certain as “death and taxes.”

#2 – Obvious Damage

When your fence starts to look like a jack-o-lantern because of missing and broken boards, it is a good sign your wood fence needs to get replaced. Although you could replace broken boards if an accident caused the damage, replacing weakened and rotted boards and posts will only postpone the inevitable.

#3 – Grayed or Yellowed Boards

Grayed or yellowed boards on the fence means the boards are weathered and starting to rot. Some termite and other insect infestation might be present as well.

Call Tell Projects to Install a New Fence

Call Tell Projects, (832) 730-2471 and get an estimate for fence replacement with new weather-treated lumber. If we can repair your fence so that it will last you another year or two, we can discuss that too, but it will cost more in the long-term. You can email us at

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