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Question DetailsAsked on 7/22/2014

Which fencing is best in the long run and with little or no maintenance?

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Barbed wire and galvanized chain link will last the longest.
Wood is highest maintenance,though good

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


Sorry - my reply got cut off.

Metal fencing is likely to last the longest and be low maintenance, barbed wire because it is very easy to repair or replace a length if it gets broken, chain link because it is basically zero maintenance for 40-50 years unless someone runs into it or a tree falls on it or something. Factory finished metal plank and wrought iron fencing is long-lasting too, through not as long as galvanized before it starts rusting.

Stone and concrete walls/fencing are pretty low maintenance too - probably less so than the metal fences, andof course harder to fix if damaged by vehicle, earthquake, or frost heaving. Redwood and cedar last a long time if they are initially stained with a penetrating stain/sealer, or even if left bare. When the maintenance comes in on them is if you try to keep them stained. Ditto to ground-contact treated wood (the green stuff) though most people do not like the color, though it can be retreated deep brown.

Other common woods tend to be a constant maintenance issue - need either restaining or painting frequently, and are susceptible to rot (which is why the posts are commonly treated wood even if the fencing is not).

Vinyl and synthetic fencing products (Trex type) have good initial appearance to some people - but I just have never seen a productthat did not start breaking down in a couple of years due to sunlight exposure. you would think it would not be that hard - I have vinyl gutters that are just starting to bleach white after almost 30 years, but I have never seen a plastic decking or fence material with that kind of life.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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