Your wood fence is a strong, lasting source of privacy, protection and natural beauty. But wood fences are not indestructible During the first year of installation it is normal for a wood fence to warp or split some as the wood cures and dries. After 5-8 years, some fences may have some leaning issues. But with a regular fence maintenance plan and like this one, your fence should last a long time:
Every year or so, walk along your fence line and inspect your fence:
- Check pickets for loose nails and hammer them back in or replace them.
- Look for rotting or broken pickets and change them out. (One of the great advantages of a wood fence is that individual pickets or panels can often be replaced as a DIY project.)
- Look for insect damage.
- Make sure bushes and vines are clear of the fence. (This keeps less weight on the fence and keeps moisture away.)
- Make sure posts are securely in the ground and ground soil has not washed away
Periodically give your fence a bath
To keep your fence looking good and to keep mildew off, clean your fence once a year or so.
- Use either a specially-formulated fence or deck cleaner or soap and water to soak the wood.
- Scrub with a long-handled brush or use a pressure washer rated 1500-200 psi.
- Be sure to clean where the fence meets the ground
When water no longer beads up on your fence but soaks in instead (about 2-5 years after sealing), it’s time to paint, re-stain or re-seal.
- After cleaning your fence, allow it to completely dry.
- Re-stain, paint or re-seal with a roller or brush.
Give your fence a break
- Don’t water your wood fence! Aim sprinklers so they don’t touch the fence. Water from sprinklers will cause the wood to be discolored and the moisture will increase the chances of rotting.
- Keep bushes trimmed back and keep vines away. You don’t want the extra weight of bushes on your fence and vines will attract insects and moisture.
If your fence is old and gray
Even if your wood fence is old and gray, you can help it come to life again. Use a power washer to remove the “old skin.” (Make sure the pressure washer is rated 1500-2000 psi and use a fan spray.) Allow the fence to completely dry. Next apply an exterior wood oil stain to preserve the new layer.
Your wood fence is an asset to your home. With some regular care and fence maintenance, it will look good and bring privacy and protection for years to come.
At Accent Fence we have many styles of wooden fences that will give your home privacy, protection, or just added beauty. Call us for an estimate at 770-995-7463 or fill out a request online.