As beautiful and timeless as wooden fences are, they do need your help to stay that way for the years to come. Your wooden fence is susceptible to many environmental threats, including rain, insects, and even sun damage. Because it’s exposed to so much, there are measures you can take and methods you can use to protect your fence, and prevent all the damage that threatens its beautiful looks and sturdy structure. Check out these tips from our list below.
What You’ll Need
To prevent water and rot damage, you’ll need to use a waterborne copper naphthenate wood preservative. Be sure that you wear gloves, goggles, and a breathing mask before working with products like this, and ensure that you’re working in a well-ventilated area, or outside. You’ll also need the following:
- an exterior latex paint,
- an exterior oil-based wood stain,
- and paint brushes.
How to Treat Your Wooden Fence
You must verify that your fence posts are dry before treating them as you don’t want to end up locking any existing moisture inside the wood of your fence. Use your paintbrush to apply the waterborne copper naphthenate to the bottom third or bottom half of the fence post. You can apply it to the entire post, but it’s critical that the buried portions of the post be treated with the waterborne copper naphthenate. After about an hour of drying time, apply a second coat, and then continue to repeat the process until you see that the wood is no longer absorbing the preservative.
If you intend to cut the tops of the fence posts, you also need to apply the preservative using the same technique to the cut, exposed sections of the fence. Once your fence has been installed, give the fence a few months to fully absorb the preservative before applying paint or wood sealer. Finally, use your paint or stain of choice to complete the look as your fence is now fully protected from water and rot damage.
Take Care of All Your Fencing Needs with Help from 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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