When most people envision a fence, they usually picture a wood fence. While there are many choices of residential fencing material, wood is the most commonly used when installing a fence. As a material for outdoor building, wood definitely requires fence maintenance. You will have to do work to protect your wood fence, protecting it from pests and dealing with other problems commonly associated with wood fences. Let’s explore some ways to extend your wood fence’s lifespan.
Leaves are a fact of life in a yard with trees nearby. You don’t need to rake the whole yard, but you should be keeping the leaves away from the fence. When leaves pile up against the wood, they hold in moisture, promoting rot, mold, and mildew. Take the time to rake those leaves away from both your side and the other side of the fence.
While you can’t protect your wood fence from all water, don’t get it more wet than necessary. The rain will always wet the fence, but ensure that your sprinkler or any water features in your yard are not spraying at the fence and causing more moisture. Also, if any tree branches hang over the fence and hold the rainwater against the wood, trim them.
Protect The “Feet”
The feet are the bottom few inches that come into contact (or almost do) with the ground. This is the area most prone to rot. Ideally, the bottom of your fence should not touch the ground so that there is less chance for it to pull moisture from the soil.
Stain, Reseal, Or Paint
This mainly comes down to a matter of preference, but regardless of what you choose, you will reapply periodically. Stain only sometimes includes a sealant, so you may have to both stain and eal the wood. However, after that, you should reapply the seal every few years. Paint will also need to be scraped and reapplied every year or two.
Clean and Repair
Finally, if you notice that despite your maintenance, things are excessively dirty or in need of repair, schedule time to fix it. A power washer or in a hose with water pressure can be a good tool to help clean the fence. Once it dries, make sure to reseal it again for good measure. If parts of the fence are damaged or rotting, replace them with new wooden pieces as soon as possible.
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