Maintaining a fence isn’t always easy. There’s a lot to contend with when considering the unavoidable wear and tear that can occur over time. Weather and pest damage alone has been the bane of many beautiful fences. With all of life’s uncertainties, keeping a fence pristine can seem like a futile endeavor at times. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of ways to keep your ornamental fence looking as good as the day you bought it. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your fence looking its best through the years to come:
Scrubbing and Sanding
Ornamental fences are designed to look at attractive as possible. You don’t want it to look discolored or bent or out-of-place. Weather damage, such as rust caused by rainfall, can leave your fence with unsightly rust spots. You can prime your fence against such unsightly splotches by washing (and drying!) your fence regularly, followed by a regular check-up for such spots. In many cases, you will need to apply sandpaper to rust spots and recoat the affected area with a fresh layer of paint. If you see discoloration or any sign of a potential beauty hazard, oftentimes it can be easily fixed if caught early. Cloudy weather isn’t the only thing you need to watch out for, though. UV rays emitted from the sun can cause sun bleaching, discoloring your fence. Waxing a fence can shield it against harmful UV rays and keep it looking as good as ever.
Cut Back on Climbing Vines
Identify which plants around your fence like to latch onto things and climb on top of them. What makes for a good perch for such plants is also harmed by them in the case of anything human-made. Such vegetation wears down the protective layering of paint, wax, and other beneficial supplements. Sow the ground around your fence with a weed killer to prevent the need for future maintenance.
Replace Old Parts
Sometimes, the small bits that make up a fence can get rusty or otherwise compromised. A monthly checkup for the sticky, resinous substance that leaks from metal can help spot a damaged bolt or screw. This can be a big help for later, especially since a damaged screw becomes increasingly more difficult to remove as time goes on and its rust gets worse.
There are a lot of things you can do to keep your fence in tip-top shape, but if something unexpected has come up, sometimes, it can be helpful to have a professional take a look at it. If a fence is damaged badly enough, it may be more cost-effective to buy a new fence from a trusted fencing provisioner. If you’re on the fence as to whether or not you need a new fence? Feel free to call us on our telephone number (1-800-221-6425) or visit us at one of our convenient locations in Swainsboro, Vidalia, Statesboro, or Sandersville. We’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!