Your garden fence is such a common feature of outdoor spaces that it can be easy to underestimate just how many crucial roles it performs for you –providing you with privacy and security, and defining the boundaries of your property. However, like all things, it will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. But when will this happen? The lifespan of a garden fence will depend on a number of factors, including the type of fence, and the quality of the materials used. Here at North Valley Composites, we can provide you with sturdy and reliable composite fencing panels to suit your space – as well as a few answers to some of your most common questions! What kind of materials are garden fences made from? There are several types of garden fences you could buy, including wood, vinyl, metal and composite. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, as well as different lifespans. Wood fences are popular for their natural look and affordability but tend to require more maintenance than other types of fences. Vinyl fences are low-maintenance and long-lasting but can be more expensive. Metal fences, such as wrought iron or aluminium, are durable and require little maintenance but may be more expensive than wood or vinyl. Composite fences, of course, blend the best qualities of all of them – they are extremely durable, long-lasting and available in a wide variety of colour schemes to suit any household. What’s the average lifespan of a garden fence? To be honest, the average lifespan of a garden fence will depend on the type of fence and the quality of the materials used. A well-maintained wood fence can last up to 20 years, while a vinyl fence can last up to 30 years or more, and metal fences, such as wrought iron or aluminium, can last up to 50 years. Composite fencing, however, is by far the most durable fencing material available on the market and can last 70 years plus with little maintenance! Factors that can affect the lifespan of a fence There are several factors that can affect the lifespan of your garden fence: The first (as we’ve touched on above) involves the quality of the materials used – choosing high-quality materials can significantly extend the lifespan of your fence, which is why it’s so important to source your fencing materials from a reputable supplier such as us. The second factor is maintenance – regular cleaning and painting or staining can help prevent rot and decay, which can significantly extend the lifespan of wood fencing if that’s the route you choose to go down. Metal fencing may require treatment for rusting, whereas composite only requires a brush and a clean every 6 months or so! Thirdly, the local climate can also have an impact on the lifespan of your fence – in areas with high humidity, heavy rainfall or extreme temperatures, fences may wear out more quickly than in more moderate climates. Luckily, this is the UK, so it’s unlikely that the weather here is going to cause any drastic changes to your fencing scheme. How to extend your fence’s lifespan There are a few things you can do to extend the lifespan of your garden fence. For one, by choosing high-quality materials and ensuring that your fence is installed properly, you can immediately improve the longevity of your garden fence. Also, regular maintenance such as cleaning, or staining (for wooden fences), and repairing any damage as soon as it occurs can also help to keep your fencing solid and reliable. However, all these maintenance tasks can be avoided by simply investing in the most durable fencing material on the market: composite. Our composite boards are textured on both sides, perfectly replicating the look and feel of real wood. This gives a professional look to your installation, with the ultimate benefit of requiring no ongoing maintenance. If you need any help narrowing down your options, that’s exactly where we can help and if you’ve got any questions or need any advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01282 677300. We’ll be only too happy to see how we can help!