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How to Take Care Of A Wooden Fence

A wooden fence is just the thing to add the right decorative touch to the house and determine where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins. Unfortunately, unless you take good care of them, wooden fences can start to deteriorate over time and the paint can start flaking as well. If you have a wooden fence around your yard or if you’re thinking about getting one, then you’ll want to brush up on a few tips that will help you maintain your wooden fence.

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Start With the Type of Wood

When deciding on what type of wood you’d like to use for your fence, redwood and cedar work the best since they are more resistant to decaying and rotting than most other species of wood. While they might not have the same structural strength of Douglas fir, both redwood and cedar are better able to withstand the effects of the elements.

It’s also recommended that you get wood that has been pressure-treated so that they’ll be better able to tolerate moisture and insects once they’re in the ground. Homeowners who might be concerned about the effects of the chemicals that are used to treat wood don’t have anything to worry about since those chemicals aren’t extremely powerful. If you’re thinking about getting a wooden fence made from picket, you don’t have to worry if they’ve been pressure treated or not since they remain above ground.

When it’s time for you to put up your fence, you’ll want to make sure that you use high quality materials, avoid any and all shortcuts and put up a fence that’s structurally strong. If you don’t even put up a high quality fence, then you can’t expect it to last you a very long time.

The Test of Time

Homeowners will start to notice that their wooden fence splits and warps as it dries within the first year. More than likely the fence will start to lean within eight years, but overall you’ll be able to get anywhere from ten to 15 years of use out of it. If you want to keep your fence from rotting, seal it with a wood preservative that will safeguard it from sprinklers, water, the weather and sunlight. Alternatively, you can get an exterior stain if you’d like for your fence to complement the color of your house. If your fence has been pressure-treated, then you don’t have to worry about applying a sealant on it since the wood already has protective preservatives on it.

Tips

As you’re setting up your sprinkler system in your yard, you’ll want to make sure that you keep it well away from your fence in order that it doesn’t rot any faster than necessary, which means that you’ll get more use out of it. It’s also recommended that you keep both bushes and vines off of the fence as well since the less weight there is on the fence the better.

Maintenance

You’ll want to apply a water sealant on your fence roughly every five years. The wind, rain and sun slowly chip away at your wooden fence as the years pass, so you’ll want your sealant to always be as strong as possible. Water sealant will not only keep your fence from turning a harsh gray color, it will also keep it from rotting as long as possible and give you more years of use out of your fence. Wait until you stain your fence to apply water sealant to it and make sure that you clean your fence off before you apply the sealant. Anything that’s stuck on the fence when you apply the sealant will be trapped beneath the seal. Whenever you pressure wash your fence, you’ll want to make sure that you wait a couple of days for it to dry before you put on a sealant, this is so that you can be sure that no moisture becomes trapped underneath the seal.

You’ll also want to be sure that you wash away any dirt and dust from your fence with a water hose. Pressure washing your wooden fence more than necessary will do it and you more harm than good. By washing away dirt and dust, you’ll keep them from working themselves into the wedges of the wood grain as well as any small cracks that are in your fence.

Taking good care of your fence is taking good care of your investment, your house and your privacy.

 

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