How Long Does a Box Blind Last?
Box blinds are a huge upgrade for any hunter to consider taking their hunting game to the next level. With upgrades come a bigger financial investment and when it comes to box blinds, the price tag can sometimes be intimidating. One of the biggest questions for hunters when thinking of making a big investment like a box blind is: How long do they last?
The typical lifespan of a box blind is anywhere from 5 to 15 years. In some cases, it will last longer. The longevity of a box blind will ultimately come down to the material it is built with, weather conditions, and maintenance. Barring any big issues, they should last a long time.
In this article, we will talk more about box blinds and what can help or hurt their longevity. There are some major factors that you should consider when trying to find the longest lasting box blinds available.
Box blinds come in all shapes, sizes, and building materials. When it comes to the lifespan of a box blind, however, the biggest factor is more than likely going to be the building materials it was constructed with. This will also be where the majority of your cost becomes relevant as well.
There are a variety of materials that are used in the construction of box blinds depending on the manufacturer and what designs they are trying to make. The materials that are chosen will have a big impact on how long the box blind itself looks. So, let’s take a look at each one of the materials that are popular in the construction of box blinds.
Wood is probably one of the most popular materials found in the construction of box blinds because it is usually the cheapest to build with. Several manufacturers make box blinds out of wood, but more often we see homemade box blinds that are built out of wood. That is because of the upfront cost of building the box blind.
That is fine and dandy, but the downside to wood constructed box blinds is that in the face of weather, they are not as durable in the long run. Between weather conditions and other factors like bugs and insects, wooden box blinds break down and deteriorate a lot quicker than other materials.
So while you may save money upfront, your maintenance and replacement costs are going to come in a lot quicker than spending more money for more durable materials.
Metal or steel constructed box blinds have been increasing in popularity. Their longevity is probably one of the longest lasting if they are constructed and maintained properly. Outside of possibly rusting, they stand up to weather conditions and other factors much better than other materials.
The downside to these is that due to their weight, they tend to be less portable and might even take a hired crew to have it set up, depending on the size. You will also pay a whole lot more for a metal or steel constructed box blind than most other materials. That is where you have to weigh the pros and cons. Do you spend more upfront for more longevity and durability or do you spend less money to possibly have to spend that money again in a few years?
Plastic box blinds can be found, but usually less often. While they are normally cheaper, they tend to not be as durable in extreme hot and cold conditions. Depending on the thickness of the plastic, they can often warp and crack under extreme weather conditions.
If you are looking for a quick, cheap option, this might be the best route. Keep in mind that you may have to repair or replace it after just a few years of use.
Fiberglass, Polythene, & Rotomold
Fiberglass, polythene, and Rotomold are manufactured materials that can be formed and molded into box blinds and have some of the best lifespans out there. These materials have been around for a long time and continue to be used because they are sturdy and stable. With that comes a steeper price tag. It only makes sense if a company is going to build a long lasting, durable product, that they are not going to make as many resales and need to increase their price.
These materials stand up to weather conditions much better than a lot of other materials outside of metal and steel. Maintenance and repairs are less likely with these materials, just like with metal and steel, but they have a few upsides compared to metal.
If they were to tip over for some reason, like high winds, these materials are less likely to bend and break compared to metal. We have seen box blinds built out of these materials that have been blown over in extreme winds and can be stood back up without so much as a scratch on them. They are also lighter than metal. We highly suggest anchoring them down, as best that you can, but sometimes things happen and durability can definitely help when the unexpected occurs.
Features over time can also produce issues. Things like windows, doors, and seals can also be affected by different materials, designs, and quality. Make sure that you get not only a durable shell but also durable features.
The last thing you want is to have windows and doors that don’t function properly. The usability and lifespan of your blind will be limited if you can’t keep the weather outside. Pay careful attention to the quality and the materials of the features.
Weather Conditions & Environment
The weather conditions in your area will also make an impact on the lifespan of your box blind. If you live in an area that has extremely hot or cold temperatures throughout the year, you are better off getting a box blind that is constructed with more durable materials. Extreme heat and cold can have a lasting effect on materials that are not suited to withstand drastic temperatures.
Also, keep in mind how tall you are planning to mount the box blind and the wind conditions that are common in your area. If you live in an area that has frequent high winds, make sure that you brace and anchor your box blind well. Nothing will beat up and destroy a box blind quicker than having it tip over and crash to the ground in high winds.
Keep in mind the surroundings of the box blind as well. Keep an eye on trees and branches that might have a chance to break and fall on your box blind. Trimming them back and ensuring that your blind is safe from big, falling debris is important for longevity.
Maintenance might be one of the most important factors for protecting and extending the life of your box blind. Oftentimes, box blinds are set up and used during the hunting season but then are neglected for a large majority of the year. This should not be the case.
Make sure that you take care of your box blinds year round by frequently checking on them and making sure that they are not deteriorating or damaged. We suggest checking on them at least once a month, if not more. This shouldn’t take hours, but make a quick check of the blind to make sure that everything is sound and in repair. Creating and using a checklist of items to check every month will make it quick and easy.
Checking for leaks in windows, seals, and the roof is a great idea. Imagine not checking on your blind all summer only to find that it has a leak that pours water into your lap. The last thing you want to be doing at the start of a hunting season is scrambling to make repairs or having to replace your box blind on short notice because you didn’t keep a good eye on it throughout the year.
Prepare your box blind for the summer. Insects and critters can quickly tear up a box blind if it is susceptible to entry from the outside. Make sure that seals are tight and working properly to keep unwanted guests out of your blind. Lock it if possible. Also, spraying for insects to keep them from building nests on or in your box blind is a great idea.
Don’t neglect your maintenance and ensure that your box blind lasts as long as possible.
Invest Your Money and Time Wisely
Wrapping this up, in the case of box blinds, you definitely get what you pay for. If you want a durable box blind that is going to last you quite a long time, don’t be afraid to spend the money. Especially if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, get the sturdiest and most durable box blind possible.
Keep up with maintenance items and spend the time to keep your box blind in good shape for years to come!Shop for Hunting Blinds that Last – CLICK HERE