Summertime is an excellent time to tend to long overdue home projects, particularly ones that require you to be working outside. Taking this time to refresh and maintain your home fence is an excellent way to make sure that you go into the harsh autumn and winter months with a fence prepared for the elements. Your specific maintenance tasks will differ based on the type of home fence you have, but these general tips will serve you well no matter what fence materials you are dealing with.
Give Your Fence a Thorough Cleaning
Just like any other external element of our home, our fences become worn down by the elements. Dirt, grime, pollen, grass clippings, and more can cover your fence and lead to discoloration and a generally aged appearance. Cleaning your home fence every summer with a garden hose and a soft cloth can remove a lot of the troublesome debris, leaving your fence looking like new. Regular cleaning also helps your fence last longer, so this is a must for any to-do list.
Fence Painting and Staining
Wooden home fences can offer a classic look for any home. However, those same wooden fences also need a fair amount of “TLC” every once in a while. If your fence was installed with a coat of paint or primer on it, that paint or primer might have been damaged from sunlight and rain. Taking time to fix peeling paint or add a new coat of wood stain can help revive your wooden fence and boost its resistance to weather.
Test for Loose Posts
Over time, fence posts may become loose as the soil surrounding the fence base erodes. This occurs for any fence, including wooden, vinyl, or aluminum. You should test and inspect your home fence posts to determine if they are still planted firmly in the ground. If your fence posts are loose, they may blow over during powerful, windy storms and cause widespread fence damage.
Search for Broken Fence Pieces
Home fences that are out in the elements and subject to injury from various animals, children, passersby, and lawn equipment may experience various kinds of damage. From hailstorms to fallen branches, fences can become broken in many ways. Look for cracks, dents, or broken pieces on your fence. If you have an iron fence, search for rusted areas.
Call a Professional Fence Contractor
If you spot any broken fence pieces, rust, loose posts, or want advice on painting or cleaning, contact a professional fence contractor at Hercules Fence of Washington, D.C. We can offer you the best home fence repair and maintenance service that guarantees your fence will be protected for the future.
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
Hercules Fence DC has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. We have extensive experience working with families and pet owners to keep the most important members of their home safe, so call us today about installing a new pet fence for your family. Contact us by giving us a call at 301-441-1600 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.