As a key component in the North American electrical infrastructure, wood poles and their expected service life is an important consideration for utilities, regulators and others. Fortunately, wood poles have an extensive documented history of service in the most demanding conditions.
Depending on the environment and other factors, wood poles can last on average for some 50 years. In some locations, wood poles have remained in service for as long as 70 years or more. Factors that can impact a wood pole's service life include weather and maintenance of poles in service.
Explore the impressive service record of wood poles, the impacts of fire and severe weather on poles as well as long-term performance issues with other materials.