Wooden fences make great additions to your property for privacy, security, and beauty. With a typical lifespan of 15 years, it’s only natural that your wood fence might start to rot over time. However, with proper care and routine maintenance, you might be able to stretch that lifespan for another five years.
If your wooden fence needs some TLC, here are some tips to consider:
Practice Routines Inspections and Repairs
At least once a year, you’ll want to take a walk along your fence and look for any possible damage or issues that need to be addressed. Some of these issues could be rot, insect damage, overgrown bushes or vines, broken pieces, loose nails or screws, or posts that have become loose from the ground. Correct any of the issues on your own if possible by cutting overgrown bushes or vines, hammer in any loose nails or tighten any loose screws, and fix any broken pieces.
If significant issues are present or you don’t feel comfortable taking on the task, consider getting your fence professionally repaired if needed.
Check Your Sprinklers
Water from your sprinklers can cause discoloration and rot of the wood. Make sure that your sprinklers are aimed away from your fence. It will also help you reduce your water waste, too.
Give it a Good Cleaning
Give your fence a good cleaning at least every two or three years. You can do this by clearing off any dirt or moss and power washing the fence. If you can’t power wash, scrub the fence with a formulated wooden fence or deck cleaner and a long-handled brush. If you notice any mildew, mix a solution of 20% and 80% mild detergent and spray it over the area before washing. This will kill any mold and prevent it from growing back.
Reapply Paint and Stain
Coat your fence with a water-repellent coating to prevent water damage after it has been thoroughly washed. To reduce your chance of rot and discoloration, consider reapplying any paint or stain to your fence at least every three years.
If you need help maintaining or repairing your wooden fence, give Landmark Exteriors a call at (203) 838-3838 for more information on how we can help you.