After a long winter and busy spring, you may have found that you’re already deep into summer without giving your fence the care it needs! Summer, while far less intensive than the other seasons, can still be hard on a fence, especially wood fencing, which is why summer maintenance is so important. It’s also good to note that because of summers high temperatures and decreased precipitation, summer is the perfect time to catch up on any painting and cleaning you may need!
Trim Surrounding Trees And Bushes
If you have trees and bushes that have grown a little wildly, it may be time to give them a trim. By removing overhanging branches that look ill and keeping bushes away, you’ll help to keep your fence clean and safe. If a branch breaks and falls, it could damage your fence. Likewise, if you have a painted fence, having bushes too close can cause scratches that allow for mold and rust.
Clean It Up
Once you have the surrounding areas cleared, the next step is a good cleaning session. Depending on the type of fence you have your cleaning process will vary slightly, but there are a few things in common. Be sure to start by taking away any leaves and debris that may have accumulated at the base of your fence. Not only will this help you keep it looking tidy, but by removing leaf litter and debris, you limit how much moisture the posts and bottoms of your fence will have contact with.
Perform An Inspection
While you’re cleaning, you should make time to do a thorough inspection of your fence. Check each section carefully for signs of wear and damage as well as for evidence of shifting ground. Things to look for include signs of animal chew marks, mildew, and rot, scratches in paint, rust, cracks, and areas that seem to have increased tension due to shifting in the ground. Leaning posts or loose bolts should also be checked.
Once you’ve had a chance to check over your fence, it’s time to make any repairs and updates that might be necessary. If you have a painted fence and found any scratches or dings, you’ll want to clean the area before spot painting to ensure protection. If there are any sections that show signs of leaning or ground shifting, you’ll want to call in a professional to check to ensure that the repairs are made to alleviate stress on the rest of your fence.
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.