Handy Maintenance Tips for Your Wood Fence
Depending on the material it's made from, a wood fence
can last anywhere from 5 to 30 years. To be sure your wood fence makes it to the upper extreme of its potential lifespan, you need to give it the care it needs to stand strong against the constant elements.
Luckily, this maintenance is pretty easy to perform, and you don't have to perform it but once every year or so, depending on the condition of your fence. If you're ready to keep your wood fence looking its best for as long as possible, then be sure to follow these few simple steps.
Clean Away Mildew
A major contributor to the decline of your wood fence's appearance and lifespan is mildew, which will inevitably develop through the years as your fence remains exposed to the sun and rain.
When mildew develops on your wood fence, you have a few dependable options to get it removed. You can always hand-scrub it. Or, if you're looking for a quicker option and you have the equipment and care, you can always pressure-wash away the mildew.
Repaint or Restain Every Few Years
Of course, removing unsightly and harmful growths from your wood fence is only the beginning of the maintenance process. To keep algae away and keep your fence looking beautiful, apply a fresh coat of paint or stain to it after the initial cleaning.
To get the best and most attractive results, you need to wait for the initial cleaning to dry fully. This involves waiting AT LEAST 2 days after cleaning. For the most consistent coat, take the time to apply the coat of paint or stain with a brush rather than a roller.
Apply a Sealant
After taking all the time to clean and paint or stain your wood fence, you'll want to take just a little more time to be sure your fence will continue looking great. And to do that, you need to apply a sealant.
Wait till your coat of paint or stain dries completely. Then, be sure that no leaves, vines, or any other plants are making contact with your wood fence. Finally, thoroughly apply your clear sealer so that your wood fence remains protected against the elements for another year or so.
If you are interested in more tips from the professionals at our Jacksonville fence company, please call Indian Head Fence, LLC at 904-655-7465 or complete our online request form.