Whether you purchased a new home with an existing wood fence or you are installing a new one, it is important to spend a little time each month taking care of your fence. Both rail and barricade fences are made to protect your home but this does not mean they shouldn’t be protected themselves. Most wood fences can last for up to 10 years if they are maintained property. So how can you extend the life of your wood fence? Let’s take a look!
Cleaning Your Wood Fence
Cleaning is essential for your wood fence. From dirt to rot, there are many different ailments that threaten your fence that can be removed with a good cleaning. Using a pressure washer can help make the process go faster. When washing your fence, you should be on the lookout for mold, mildew, dirt, pests, and signs of damage. These things can cause severe damage to your wood fence, causing you to need a fence replacement sooner than before. You should clean your wood fence approximately once every one to three months.
When cleaning your fence, look for points of damage that will need to be repaired. Look for wood that should be replaced or fasteners that may need to be reseated or put back into place. Your fence should look secure on the ground and the posts have firm soil that has not washed away since the fence was installed.
Staining can also help extend the life of your wood fence. Once your fence is clean and completely dry, it is time to apply a petroleum-based stain to it. Applying the stain can be done with a brush or a power sprayer. If you are using a power sprayer, make sure you use a tip that is rated for staining.
Maintaining your fence is the best way to help extend its life. For more information on helping your fence last longer or installing a new one, call Hercules Fence of Washington, DC today!
Extending the Life of Your Wood Fence with Hercules Fence of Washington, DC!
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