Wooden Fencing: Care and Maintenance

Nothing dresses up your property like a nice looking sturdy fence. With proper maintenance, a wood fence will last a long time and stand up to harsh weather. Instant curb appeal, will be yours with a properly installed and maintained wood fence. To keep your fence looking good, use a quality stain or paint and a sealer on your fence. Without proper care, a wood fence will begin to deteriorate and take on a worn out appearance and lose its curb appeal. Here are some simple maintenance tips to keep your wood fence looking sharp and durable for several years.

Use a protective paint, stain, or a polyurethane sealant. Applying a quality paint or stain on the fence, will add color, texture, and protect it from harsh weather. A good sealant will add a protective layer. During the first year of your new wood fence, at least twice, seal the fence. Then, reapply the sealant every few years. Performing annual maintenance will keep your wood fence protected. Neglecting the maintenance of your wood fence, will cause the wood to rot and the fence will fall to disrepair and degrade far sooner than necessary.

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Use a good solid wood material for your fence. If you want a wood fence with a “weathered” appearance, use cedar or redwood fence material. These two types of wood are resistant to rot, and applying a sealant will provide an additional protective layer. Avoid excessively spraying water on the fence. Of course, you won’t be able to avoid rain. However when watering trees, flowers, or shrubs, avoid spraying the fence because municipal water is treated with chlorine and other chemicals not contained in rainwater. Also, don’t place trees and plants too close to your fence or buiding foundation. The roots can grow into a fence or other structures. Place sprinklers so that they will spray away from the fence. The better that you care for and maintain your wood fence, the longer it will last.

If you reside in an area that receives a high amount of inclement weather, consider treating the fence with a protective sealant that thwarts the growth of mildew and fungus. Your local home improvement store or hardware store will have anti-fungal products available for purchase. Plants and dirt can also harm your fence. Wood-boring insects found in the dirt and plants will harm your wood fence. The grass and plants, are a path for the insects, i.e., termites to easily reach your wood fence. Fence posts set in concrete keep the wood posts away from the soil and grass. It is true that cement alone, will not deter the termites; however, every attempt to protect your wood fence will increase its lifespan. Keep your grass and plants trimmed and don’t let them touch the fence. Simple measures to maintain your wood fence, in the long run, will be the best way to obtain a return on your investment and keep that curb appeal going a lot longer and cost you less to maintain your fence.

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