Wood fences are standard and attractive fencing options for residential properties. But homeowners who install wood fences also must maintain regular care of their fence, as wood can be easily degraded if not correctly installed or cared for. The biggest threat to wood fences is rot. But what is fence rot, and how can you prevent it? Read on to find out.
The Two Types of Fence Rot
Fence rot occurs as a result of exposure to the environment. Rot deteriorates the wood and, if left unchecked, can lead to the eventual collapse of the fence. The two primary types of fence rot are “wet” and “dry rot.
Wet Fence Rot
This is the most common type of fence rot and occurs when there is too much moisture present in the wood. Because the ground in which a fence is installed is likely to be moist, wet rot often appears at the base of the fence or fence posts. You can often visually identify wet rot by noticing the accompanying fungal growth or musty smell.
Dry Fence Rot
Dry rot can occur when your wood fence is consistently exposed to harsh, dry, and sunny circumstances. This can dry out the wood to the point where it could crumble in your hand.
How to Prevent Fence Rot
The best way to help prevent fence rot on your perimeter is to be aware of the risks that come with different materials. For instance, hardier woods like juniper and cedar are more resistant to rot, while pine and tamarack are more susceptible. Or, if you want to avoid the risk of wood rot entirely, you could select a non-wood material for your fence.
You should also make sure that your wood fence is stained correctly on an annual basis, and applying a protective sealant over the wood can help keep out moisture. Finally, keeping your fence clean and inspecting it regularly for rot and other damage can help you spot any problems right away. The sooner you are aware of any fence rot or other damages, the quicker you can return your fence to its optimal condition.
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