When selecting the right material for a new fence, you’ll have several options. The most popular one by far is wood, and this is indeed the only natural and inexpensive material available. Its natural beauty and affordability are second to none. However, some people will shy away from choosing it because of its maintenance requirements. How much maintenance is a wood fence really? Here’s a look at what you may need to do.
Cleaning is necessary for any type of fence you choose. In fact, there is no such thing as a truly maintenance-free fencing material. Even so, cleaning a wood fence can be an easy task, especially if you use a power washer. If you see mold or mildew stains, you can use a store-bought or homemade detergent to help it last as long as possible.
At times, moisture or insects can cause individual fence boards or pickets to rot or warp. You may find loose or missing nails as well. If so, replace the affected fence parts and replace the nails. You’ll want to look over the structural condition of the wood fence at least once a year before cleaning it.
Sealing your fence with stain is one of the most important tasks to accomplish for fence maintenance. Applying a sealant once every few years is all you need to do, and this will protect the wood from water and insect damage. If you apply a solid stain, you can also get protection from UV rays, which will turn the wood gray.
Dealing with Rot
The way to prevent rot in your wood fence is simple: make sure it has proper installation. The most vulnerable part of the structure is its base, which will more easily rot when in contact with the soil. Therefore, you can either install a higher-quality wood species, or solidify the fence post foundation in concrete. If you discover rot, either a part of or the whole fence will need replacing.
If you want to deal with your fence as little as possible, you can also install a vinyl, composite, chain-link, steel, or aluminum fence. All of these choices need very little maintenance and have other pros and cons as well.
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