What Type Of Fencing Lasts The Longest?

One of the age-old questions when installing fences is what type of fencing lasts the longest?

The question “which fencing lasts the longest” doesn’t necessarily mean how long until a fence falls down.

To make an informed decision there are various factors to bear in mind when we consider this question.

  • The Durability Of The Material
  • Maintenance Requirements
  • Ease Of Cleaning
  • Life Expectancy Of The Fence

For the purpose of this comparison, we will assume that the fences are being used for the same purpose.

Comparing Material Types:

Vinyl Fencing

white vinyl privacy fence

  • The Durability Of The Material

There are various thicknesses of vinyl for your fencing. The fact that they are all mixed with sun inhibitors makes them all durable.

As long as you use commercial grade vinyl, its durability will easily stand up to timber and other fencing materials.

  • Maintenance Requirements

As vinyl is designed as a resilient material there is not much need for minor repairs.

Primarily the maintenance of vinyl fencing is just down to inspection and regular cleaning.

  • Ease Of Cleaning

The smooth surface means that vinyl can be easily cleaned with a garden hose and a mild detergent with water.

  • Life Expectancy Of The Fence

Regularly cleaning your vinyl fence to avoid any surface build-up can extend your fence life by five to seven years.

Well maintained vinyl fencing is estimated to last over twenty-five years.

Iron Fencing

  • The Durability Of The Material

Iron fencing has strong mechanical properties and if powder coated it can be very resilient to the elements.

  • Maintenance Requirements

Because Iron has such a long life expectancy, the maintenance is centered on keeping the fencing looking good.

  • Ease Of Cleaning

As rust is one of the potential problems with iron fencing, cleaning may require a wire brush.

  • Life Expectancy Of The Fence

Iron fencing can have a very long lifetime.

Some fencing suppliers may talk about iron fencing lasting for sixty years.

As some iron fencing is known to have lasted hundreds of years, a well-maintained fence can last a lifetime.

Wooden Fencing

Round Rail Wood fence

  • The Durability Of The Material

Timber has strong mechanical properties and if properly treated it can be resilient to the elements.

  • Maintenance Requirements

Pressure hose cleaning can remove some of the wood treatment so maintenance of a timber fence may include treatment application.

  • Ease Of Cleaning

A timber fence needs to be regularly cleaned to care for the timber.

Like vinyl fencing, you can use a garden hose for minor timber fence cleaning.

As timber is a natural material, its rough surface leaves it susceptible to a build-up of debris.

For any build-up of debris after periods of high pollen or dust, you need to clean with a pressure hose.

  • Life Expectancy Of The Fence

The life expectancy of your timber fence will be determined by the type of timber and how it’s treated.

A rough estimation of some timber life expectancies is Pine 5-12 years and Cedar 15-30 Years.

The main thing to ensure is that your fence is pressure treated.

Some timber supplier’s state that a well maintained treated timber fence can last for over twenty years.

More experienced fencers will advise that a wooden fence should be replaced between ten and fifteen years.

The Final Choice Is Yours

The functionality of any fencing will be reduced if it isn’t regularly cleaned and maintained.

If you view the question simply, you would say iron fencing lasts the longest, then vinyl and then timber.

Timber and vinyl may not remain serviceable as long as iron but aesthetic value should also be taken into account.

There are lots of options out there to meet your fencing needs.

To help you determine which fence is the best option for you, contact a professional now for advice.