Wooden fences will usually last somewhere in the ballpark of 15 years, but if you take good care of them, that life expectancy could rise up to as many as 20 years, if not more. To maximize the longevity of your wood fence, here is what you can do.
Make Annual Inspections and Repairs
Every year, take it upon yourself to go around your yard and look at your fence. See if your wood fence has sustained any damage throughout the year. Are there boards that have broken? Do you have loose nails? Do screws need to be tightened? These are some of the questions you should ponder when performing your inspection.
In some instances, you will have to make repairs to keep your wood fence in good condition. Broken posts may have to be replaced. For split, cracked, or chipped wood, a waterproof glue should be used to help seal the fence together, which will keep it from deteriorating any further.
You also need a solid drainage system in place so that water doesn’t gather around your fence after a rainstorm. The soil that’s at the base of your fencing has to be packed down firmly, and it should have a slope that points away from the fence itself.
Keep Your Wood Fence Cleaned
Make sure that you’re cleaning your wood either every two or three years. Get rid of any dirt, mildew, moss, and other debris that may have accumulated on your fencing. After that, a UV-resistant and water-resistant coating can be applied to the surface. Once you’ve finished making any repairs that need to be made, scrape off all of the peeling paint you have on the fence, as well as whatever debris still exists, until the new wood is exposed.
After that, you’ll want to clean your fence. Some suggest using a pressure washer for this, or you can always get professional assistance with the cleaning process.
If you see mold on your wood fence, you can deal with it by using a mixture of mild detergent and bleach. The mixture should be roughly ⅕ bleach to ⅘ detergent. Once you have the solution ready, spray it on the fence and wait one hour before you start washing. This deals with mold spores and keeps them from re-growing.
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