Wood fencing is popular on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and for good reason. It is beautiful, flexible, and affordable. Eventually, though, that beautiful shade of fresh wood will grow dull and turn gray over the course of a few short years. Some prefer this look, which makes the fence feel aged and rustic. On the other hand, some can understandably want to keep up that fresh appearance. Here’s what to do when your fence is going gray.
Why Fences Go Gray
Wood fencing may have a protective coating to keep rot, mold, mildew, and pests from its fibers, but it is still not immune to the effects of UV light. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays causes the outer wood cells to die, making them go gray. The wood underneath is yet unaffected, but the sun will continue to slowly wear down the outer layer of wood as oxygen tarnishes silver.
Cleaning the Fence
Regardless of whether you wish to let it age or keep it looking like new, wood fence maintenance is necessary to lengthen the lifespan of your fence. The first step in maintaining your fence is by removing all dirt and debris from its surface. With a scrub brush and outdoor wood cleaning product of your choice, scrape off all built-up dirt present. Use a garden hose to rinse off the gunk. If you see mold or mildew on it, a bleach or store-bought solution is typical for removing them.
Removing the Gray
Next, it’s time to use the pressure washer. You can rent or buy one from a home improvement store near you. Experts agree that a psi of 1500 to 2000 and a 25-degree tip is best for the job. Stand about two feet away from the fence and use long, even strokes to wash the fence and strip the gray, dead layer off.
Staining or Painting
If your fence is made from pressure-treated wood, you may need to wait until the chemical fully dries before applying a sealant. Talk with your fence installer about this before making your fence maintenance plan. If your fence is fully dry and ready to seal, take a stain or paint of your choice and apply. Keep in mind that paint will chip away more easily and requires more frequent reapplication than stain. If your fence is going gray, these simple steps can help you keep it away.
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