4 signs that indicate it’s time to replace your wooden fence.

A good cedar fence that was well built and diligently maintained can last anywhere from 15-25 years; that’s a long time to be putting up with the elements. If your cedar fence lasts 15-25 years, you can rest assured that it has served you well. You’re probably reading this article because your cedar fence looks like it may have reached the end of its life, and you’re wondering whether you should pay for repairs or replace it. We will be going over 4 signs indicating it is time to replace your  rotting wood fence.

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Your fence is warping, breaking, or splintering.

Wood fences are subject to warping and damage. You should have someone inspect your wood fence annually to ensure that rotten boards are replaced, loose nails are hammered in, and screws are tightened. It would be best to have this person walk around and check for any warped, rotten, or damaged boards. If you don’t get on top of the problem promptly, it can worsen over time.

Your fence is leaning.

If your  fence is leaning, this could be a sign that your posts are rotting due to the elements, termites, and aging materials, or it may just be an indicator that it wasn’t built properly.

Rotting boards and posts.

It’s most likely not a big deal if your fence has a few rotting boards, but this can indicate moisture damage if it has many rotting boards or posts. That means that your fence is going to keep deteriorating at a rapid pace over time. If you want to determine if your fence is rotting, you can use a sharp object like a pen, nail or another sharp object to poke places showing signs of discoloration and rot. If the object you’re using to poke sinks in it is a pretty good indicator that your fence is rotting. Be sure not to hurt yourself while you’re poking around.

You’ve already spent a small fortune on repairs.

We published a case study on our learning hub of a strata that was spending a small fortune every year repairing their old wooden fence; click here to read it. Those repairs only acted as a band-aid, and the council eventually decided that it would be more financially responsible for replacing the fence in phases. This didn’t cost the strata any extra money as they were doing it, and when they were done, they had a long-term solution that saved them money in the long run!


A Cedar fence will typically need to be replaced once every 15-25 years. Premium Fence specializes in fence replacements. We offer amazing products and 35 years of experience doing exactly this. We also wanted to say that if the entire fence is not needing replacement and you find that you only need a few boards replaced, then Jason from 5 Star Fence would probably be your best bet for smaller repairs of that nature. Jason’s commitment to excellence is second to none. We hope you found this article to be helpful. Feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have about a total fence replacement for you, and a member of our support team will be happy to assist you. We pride ourselves on having the best customer service in the industry. We care about our clients and are genuinely grateful for their business. Thank you for reading this.

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