You’ve done it. You’ve had a new wood fence installed. You love it. You want it to last for as long as possible. You should be able to get about 15-20 years out of the fence especially if you clean and maintain it properly. In this article, we’ll discuss how to clean and maintain a wood fence so you can do just that with yours.
Pressure-treated wood for posts
When building your fence, you should ask your fence builder, like B.C. Fence, to get pressure treated wood for the posts. Why? Posts should be pressure-treated because they go into the ground where insects and moisture reside. Pressure treated wood is more resistant to damage from moisture and insects than other types of wood.
Apply a wood preservative to the rest of the fence
To keep your wood from rotting, you should apply a wood preservative to seal it. You can apply it directly to the fence; however, some manufacturers would prefer it if you cleaned the fence first with water and added a mildewcide. A sealant or preservative will trap anything on the wood. A clean and dry fence makes it last longer and work better.
Now you should wait two days after washing the fence before applying the preservative because that will give it time to dry. The preservative or sealant will protect your fence from absorbing excess water. That can lead to twists and splits and warps in the wood. The best preservative to use has a UV stabilizer. This won’t prevent your fence from graying in the sun; but, it will slow down the process. If you decide to stain your fence a different color, choose paint with a wood preservative in it.
We have some other tips for cleaning and maintaining a wood fence here:
- Keep sprinklers from wetting the fence so the wood won’t rot.
- Remove vines, plants and other vegetation from the fence. The extra weight can cause cracking or warping.
- Check your fence every few months for insects, termites, wasps and more.
- Keep tree limbs trimmed. This will prevent falling trees from damaging the fence.
- Replace boards that have holes, show signs of water damage or are broken on a regular basis.
- Brush and wash dirt off the fence’s surface.
- If your fence is stained, re-apply the stain every couple of years.
We hope these tips have helped you figure out how to take care of your wood fence. If you’d like to have your new wood fence installed, we, at B.C. Fence can do that for you. Give us a call at 512-284-8716 today for more information.