Wood fences can last a very long time if they are looked after properly. Your fence takes a beating from the weather, especially in the heat of the summer. An annual washing and sealing or staining is the best mode of action when maintaining the integrity of a beautiful wood fence. If you want to extend the life of your wood fence, here are a few simple guidelines to follow.
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time of year to start fence maintenance. Spring is a great time to get outside and around your property. Take advantage of a nice day and check your fence for any damage that may have happened in the winter. While checking for damage, you should prepare your fence for the heat and humidity of the summer. There are many fence-cleaning solutions on the market that treat your wood fence. Any of these products will maintain the integrity of the wood after being scrubbed on, but don’t allow the cleaner to dry on the fence. After about 15-20 minutes, rinse off the cleaner and let the wood breathe.
Pressure Washing Tips
It’s always a good rule of thumb to not get too close to wood when using a pressure washer. The combination of cleaning solution and pressure washing will relieve your fence of any mold, mildew, dirt, algae, or lichens that have built up over the last year. To avoid causing damage to your wood fence, use a pressure washer rated at 2,700 PSI or less. Also, be sure that you are using a wide-angle tip. Keep the wand 12-18 inches from the fence while constantly moving it as you go along.
Seal or Stain
The last step in your fence maintenance is sealing or staining. Seals and stains help protect the wood from the UV rays of the sun that cause a lot of damage over time. Many experts recommend an oil stain for wood fences, as they are said to thoroughly penetrate wood which will protect your fence for years to come.
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