All of the fences that you could consider installing to protect your home deserve to be kept in good shape, and how the fences are installed matters. Even so, ensuring that they remain durable is one of the most important parts of determining how long a fence will last after it’s been installed.
Looking Out for Fences
While major fence repairs will require professional expertise, there are some small changes that you can do yourself. Finding any fence issues is essential because you won’t know that you need help until you say something. Look for signs of overall wear and tear that come from the fence being left outside all the time. Scratches and dings on metal fences can also lead to rusting problems that you won’t notice right away.
Cleaning off dirt, mud, dust, or pollen is also something that you need to do. Sometimes, all this takes is the timely application of a power washer. Mowing the lawn is something that needs to happen throughout the summer, but this can still be a problem for vinyl fences. Avoiding the growth of mold is also crucial if your home is situated near the water.
Maintaining a wooden fence is, compared to other types of residential fences, much more involved. Staining the fence once a year, by applying the right staining solution, can help seal it against damage caused by rot. Dry rot and wet rot can both ravage your fence, so to avoid any neighborhood disputes or county citations, addressing the rot before it gets out of control is in your best interests. Painting the fence, fixing loose nails, and chasing away termites and other pests will also help.
Fortunately, vinyl fences don’t need as much caretaking as wooden fences do. Looking for dirt and pollen deposits is one way to help the fences withstand the effects of spring and summer. Keeping your trees and bushes trimmed back will also prevent the growth of mildew and the settling of stains.
Wrought Iron Fences
Finally, let’s turn our attention to wrought iron fences. Getting rid of any rust is critical because a rusty fence is also weakened and unsteady. You will need primers before applying any new coats of paint, the fence itself needs to be cleaned, and the gate hinges need to be greased. But you don’t have to attend to all of that alone.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry and can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences, and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
Contact Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach at (757) 321-6700, drop-in, or contact us on our website to learn more about spring and summer fence construction! You can keep up to date with offers and information from Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter.