Wood fences are some of the most beautiful fences on the market, but they’re also some of the neediest ones! A properly-maintained wood fence can greatly enhance the beauty of your home and protect your family for almost two decades with the proper maintenance and care. How can you take better care of your wood fence and protect the investment that you’ve made?
If You’re Purchasing a New Wood Fence
If you are purchasing a brand new wood fence, there are several decisions you can make early on to ensure success. Use a sturdy and appropriate wood like western red cedar or redwood because they are naturally resistant to rotting and decay. Never choose a soft and delicate wood, especially in the Virginia Beach area. All of your wood fence posts should be pressure-treated to protect them further, as they will be buried deep in the ground and exposed to moisture, bugs, and pests on a daily basis. Even if you install pressure-treated wood, however, you will still need to take steps to protect your fence from swelling, cracking, warping, and shrinking.
Do Your Annual Maintenance
Annual maintenance is the most critical thing you can do to protect your wood fence. Be sure to inspect your fence in depth to look for damage, fading, insect infestation signs, or wood rot. Any missing or damaged boards or nails should be replaced right away. All of the wood fence posts should be firmly buried in the ground and attached to the next length of fence. Again, anything that is damaged or not working properly should be replaced.
Give It a Thorough Clean
Every two years or so, give your wood fence a deep clean. You should use a mild cleaner to scrub off any debris, dirt, moss, mildew, and plant matter. Next, you should let the wood fence dry and coat it with a thin layer of UV-protectant. This will protect your fence for all of the months you aren’t outside cleaning it!
Maintain Your Wood Fence with 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 bests suits your needs and budget.
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