After a long winter of cold temperatures and harsh weather, your fence may need some sprucing up. Spring is the perfect time to make the most of warmer, sunnier weather and take care of routine fence maintenance. Depending on your fencing material, winter can really take a toll, so there are several things your fence may need in order to be looking like new for the summer. This can range from a quick power wash for vinyl fences to a hefty repair for older wooden fencing. No matter what kind of fence you have, we’ve got you covered for maintenance and repairs. Here are 5 spring fence maintenance tips.
1. Clean the Fence
The first step of spring fence maintenance is always to give your fencing a thorough cleaning. Many fences can be washed with your garden hose. It’s also a good idea to clean your fence by hand with a rag and a mild detergent solution. For tough stains, you may need to use a toothbrush or sponge. Be sure to let the fence dry entirely before applying any protective coating!
2. Inspect Thoroughly
It’s always a good idea to walk around your property and inspect your fence in the springtime. This will help you to identify areas that will need special care after a long winter, and can reveal damages you might not otherwise notice. Be on the lookout for crooked fence posts, rusted iron, or warping wood.
3. Repair Damages
Once you’ve identified the areas that will need some TLC, it’s time to repair the fence. Sometimes you can correct bent or loose fencing yourself, by hammering posts in or even heating and hammering bent iron fencing. But in the case of serious damage to your fence, you’ll want to call your trusted fencing professional to properly repair and maintain your fencing.
4. Remove Rust
In the case of metal fencing, carefully remove any rust that may have formed during the cold and icy winter months. A steel wool scrubbing pad or piece of sandpaper are great tools for removing rust from areas that have begun to weather.
5. Apply Protectant
The last step of spring fence maintenance is to prepare your fence for the year ahead! Apply wax to iron fencing to prevent rusting, or use a weatherproof stain to help extend the life of your wooden fence. You can even paint to provide an extra layer of protection from the elements and help your landscape to look fresh for the spring and summer ahead.
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When you are ready for a residential or commercial fence that will meet the security and aesthetic needs of your family home or business, trust the experts at Hercules Fence. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules Fence online or give us a call at 800-395-9597. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.