With proper care, your wood fence can remain both beautiful and functional for many years. It’s very important to keep up-to-date with the maintenance on this type of fence, because without it, wood can quickly fall into disrepair. Do you currently have a wood fence but aren’t sure how to go about taking care of it? Or are you considering a wood fence among other fencing options? We at Central Fence think that wood is a great fencing option, and we want to help you keep enjoying yours for years to come.
If you don’t paint or stain your wood fence, it will very quickly fall victim to the elements of nature. Rain, ice, sunlight, and other environmental factors are really hard on a fence, and to stay in its best condition, it needs something to protect it. Most wood stains are designed to seal the wood and protect it from moisture, which will greatly extend the fence’s life. You can pick from a wide variety of stain colors, from light and dark brown to red and even clear. There’s truly something for everyone.
Over time, the planks of your fence might become faded and dingy– this is from the buildup of dirt, mold, and other grimy gunk. You can restore your fence to its original shine with a good cleaning. All you’ll need is a water hose, some bleach, and a garden sprayer. After wetting your fence with the hose, create a 4-1 mixture of water and bleach and spray it on your fence. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then give the fence a good rinse, and it’ll look good as new. If your fence needs a little more work, take a scrub brush to the problem areas.
There are a number of different repairs that might be needed over the life of your fence. Maybe a post has rotted, or a panel has come loose. No matter what it is, taking care of it quickly will help keep any further issues from coming up. If you catch rot early, for instance, you can probably remove just a section of the fence rather than having to replace the whole thing. You should do a once-over quick inspection of your fence on a regular basis, perhaps monthly. Note any current problems as well as any spots that look like they might need repairs in the future. This is also a good time to check and see whether you need to repaint or set aside some time for a good cleaning.