Wood fencing is very attractive, but it is also vulnerable to wear and often needs to be repaired. With a good maintenance routine, fences look great and need fewer repairs. Part of caring for your fence is cleaning it and regular painting, as well as occasional repairs. Caring for your fence will also ensure that it lasts for many years. Here are some tips to help you get the most life out of your wood fence:
1. Cleaning Wood Fences to Ensure They Always Look Like New
One of the most important things that you need to do to care for your wood fence is to keep it clean. Lightly clean the fence regularly with a garden hose throughout the year. During times with high pollen and dust particles in the air, you may want to clean the fence more often. Occasionally, you can also clean the fence with a pressure washer, but do not do it too often because it can cause the wood to wear quicker and cause the sealant to be stripped off.
2. Painting or Staining to Ensure Wood Fences Are Always Protected from The Elements
Your wood fence will need to be painted every few years to ensure it is protected from the elements. If the fence was originally painted; use paint and if it was stained, use a sealant when it is time for painting. Before you paint, you may want to clean the fence with a pressure washer to remove stains and fading from wood surfaces. When pressure washing your wood fence, make sure that you do not get too close to it with the nozzle, because this can cause damage to the wood grains.
3. Small Repairs That Fences Need Throughout Their Life
While regular cleaning and painting will help to reduce damage and wear, there are going to be some small repairs that will be needed. Keep a few extra materials around to do repairs like replacing a rotten piece of wood. The most common damage that you are going to have to fix on your wood fence is rot and boards that have cracked or warped with exposure to the elements. If you have wood posts or gates, these may also need occasional repairs, especially if posts are set in the ground. To reduce the rot problem with posts, set them on metal post brackets above the ground.
These fence maintenance tips will help ensure your fence lasts for many years and needs fewer repairs. Contact local home builders and talk with them about installing a fence that will last for years with little maintenance for your new home.