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How to Extend the Life of your Wooden Fence

 How to Extend the Life of Your Wooden Fence and Keep It Beautiful

Your wooden fence can last up to 50 years if it is well maintained. However, the type of wood you use for the wooden fence can also determine how long it can last. You must be ready to put in some effort if you must maintain your wooden fence in a perfect condition for decades. Additionally, the wooden fence should be regularly inspected for damages or faults, and such damages should be repaired without a delay if you must keep the wooden fence in good shape for many years to come.

Aside from prolonging the lifespan of the wooden fence, proper maintenance can also help you to save money. Additionally, it can save the environment from pollution. Maintaining the fence does not help only you, but every other person is residing in your locality.    

In this write-up, very important tips will be exposed that can help you to keep your fence strong for years.

All damages must be repaired quickly

A stitch in time saves nine; this saying rings true when it comes to your wooden fence. Any loose or broken panel must be repaired or replaced fast. Leaving the problem to remain for too long can weaken the post or adjacent panelling.  Never hesitate to get across to a contractor immediately you notice any issue or the fence looks suspicious in any way. This way, the hinges and boards can remain strong for years to come.

Seal and clean the fence

Sealing the spaces between the panels can prolong the lifespan of the wooden fence. The sealant can prevent water from penetrating into the panels. Water can cause fast damage to the wood, and you will have to spend a lot of money to get it repaired or replaced.

Aside from sealing the gaps, it is also important to clean the wooden fence as often as possible. Consistent cleaning will remove dirt from the wooden fence to keep it clean at all times. Proper cleaning can also prevent the growth of and remove moss from the fence.

You do not need any expensive cleaning product to get the wooden fence cleaned; you only need a garden hose and any soapy detergent to carry out a general cleaning of the wooden fence. A bleach solution is a perfect choice for removing moss, mildew or mold from the wooden fence. There are times when deep cleaning is required. At such times, it is better to employ pressure washing service. Most of the cleaning methods described above can be prevented if you use special sealants to seal the gaps in the boards; the sealing will prevent mold from growing on the wooden fence and also repel water.

Stain the wooden fence

You need to reapply staining on the wooden fence from time to time. The effect of the elements can cause the painting or polishing on the fence to fade with time. Also, the painting can fade after you have carried out a deep cleaning on the fence. The top layer can be protected by the staining. Staining can also maintain the appearance of the wooden fence. The painting can be done with sprayer or brush if you so desire.

Lubricate the metal components

Never forget to keep the hinges and locks on your wooden fence always oiled. However, the oiling should be done just lightly. The metal parts can operate smoothly if they are properly lubricated. The oiling will equally reduce the noise at the hinges when opening or closing the fences. The oiling will equally prolong the lifespan of the hinges and locks.

Aside from the points mentioned above, some other points as highlighted below can further prolong the lifespan of your wooden fence.

•    Do not allow plants and debris to gather close to the wooden fence. This debris can make the wooden fence to deteriorate fast, which will cause the post and wood footings to damage fast

•    Water may damage the wooden fence if it gets into the wood, but it can also be used in cleaning the fence. You can use a broom first to clean the fence, then rinse with water.  Aside from the molds that can damage the wooden fence, insects can also cause damage; therefore, you should watch out for them.

•    As mentioned earlier, never delay in repairing the nails, hinges, and wooden boards that make up the wooden panel. A timely delay can prevent protracted damage, which will cost money and time to repair.

•    You should properly inspect the fence at least once in a year and any fault noticed during the inspection should be repaired immediately

•    Do not allow a pool of water to gather around the wooden fence as this may get the lower panels damaged. The damage may also spread upward and damage the entire wooden posts and boards. You should, therefore, monitor erosion and drainages close to the wooden fence.

•    Water pool can damage the rectangular post. Make an effort to divert water body from the base of the wooden fence as often as possible. You can protect or angle the top of the post using a post cap. 

•    When staining your fence to replace peeled or faded paints, you should use eco-friendly products only as this will protect the environment, while also beautifying your wooden fence.       Aside from beautifying your fence, the eco-friendly can also prolong the life of your wooden fence, aside from protecting it from damage.   

Conclusion

You can increase the appeal of your wooden fence if you consider the various maintenance tips described above. Maintenance is a form of prevention against greater damage, which is cheaper and safer than repair or replacement.  Many of the maintenance tips given above can be carried out at home by yourself, but you should not hesitate to involve professionals when the going gets tough. Proper maintenance of the fence following the tips provided above can also increase the market value of the property. As a result, you can get top dollars on the property if you decide to sell it off in the future. Many of the maintenance methods described above will not cost you a lot of money; in fact, you may not spend a dime to carry out many of them. Many of the service providers out there also do not charge much for wooden fence maintenance               

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