Wood fencing is a great way to border a piece of property. It can also change the look of the home. Over time, however, the fencing can start to change. We all know that wood can rot away over time, but there are ways that you can care for your wood fence so that doesn’t happen sooner rather than later. With the right care, you can make sure your wood fence lasts for a very long time.
So here are some tips for caring for your wood fence:
- If you clean the fence with a power washer, make sure it is set at no more than 1,500 to 2,000 pounds per square inch. This is important so that the wood is not damaged. The nozzle also shouldn’t be fewer than 18 inches away from the fence as the spray is moved evenly over the surface. Lingering too long in one area could start to remove layers, thus exposing wood that shouldn’t be exposed.
- You can remove mildew and dirt by mixing 1 quart of oxygen bleach with 3 quarts of warm water. You can spray this solution over the fence using a garden sprayer. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then use a scrub brush to remove dirt and mildew. Use clean water to rinse the fence when finished. Repeat this process in sections.
- If any screws or nails are loose, make sure they are replaced or tightened.
- Two coats of sealant can be used and repeated every three years. Make sure the fence is washed and completely dry before applying sealant.
These are some ways you can care for your wood fence on your own. Some tips to help you out include making sure you never locate sprinkler systems or hoses near a wood fence, make sure any vines or weeds are removed from around the fence posts so they don’t damage the wood, and to ensure any stain you wish to apply is applied and dry before applying sealant.
If you are ever in doubt, you can ask your Minneapolis & St. Paul fence company about the best care methods for your particular fencing. When the professionals give you care tips for your specific fence, following those tips will make sure you get the most out of your investment so that you don’t have to ever prematurely replace your fence.