What Are the Maintenance Needs of a Wood Fence?

If you’re looking for a little more privacy in your backyard, a wood fence can be a cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing option. Most wood fences last for many years, but some maintenance issues can cause problems sooner and may reduce their lifespans. If you currently own or are thinking about installing a wood fence, it’s a good idea to create a maintenance plan.

Keep It Clean

Cleaning your fence is not a standard part of home maintenance for many people, but it can help extend the lifespan of the wood. It’s a good idea to clean it at least once every few years, although areas with higher humidity may need an annual cleaning to prevent mildew buildup. To do this, buy a cleaner designed for wooden fences or decks from your local home improvement store and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Use a pressure washer or brush to scrub it clean.

Seal It Up

Wood is a naturally porous material, so it’s a good idea to apply a sealant to keep moisture out. Only the pickets typically need to be sealed, since most posts are already pressure-treated before installation. If the fence wasn’t sealed during installation, try to do this as soon as possible. Otherwise, most fences need to be repainted or resealed every two to five years. You’ll know it’s due for another coat when you notice water soaking into the wood instead of beading up and running down.

Inspect It Regularly

One of the best ways to handle problems is by catching them early and preventing them from taking over your fence. Walk your fence at least once or twice a year to check for broken pickets, rotting posts, mold and mildew growth, or insect activity.

Create a Fence-Friendly Yard

Many homeowners accidentally damage their fences, so you can avoid many problems by creating an environment that doesn’t harm yours. Try to avoid planting climbing vines or shrubs alongside your wood fence, as their weight can cause it to warp and lean. Sprinklers are another major problem. Adjust your system to avoid spraying your fence every time they turn on. This simple adjustment can protect your fence from recurring water damage.

Whether you need to repair an older wooden fence or are interested in new fence installation, the experts at GMX Fencing can help. For more information about our services, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today!