Summer is here. It brings sudden, driving rain, high winds, blazing heat, and damaging UV rays. All of these things can be very hard on your wooden fence. Fortunately, there are over 99,000 businesses that offer fencing services. These businesses employ over 270,000 people and generate over $50 billion in revenue, so they know a thing or two about protecting your investment. These are just a couple of their tricks.
Get Rid of the Creepers
If you look at your fence, chances are that there’s some kind of grass or vine trying to creep its way up your fence. Take the time to walk around your wooden fence and pull all of that out. Take special care to get the roots out, or else they will just grow right back in and you’ll have to go right back out and do it all over again.
Proper Power Washing
Next, you’ll want to power wash with a fan tip sprayer. Power washing will scrub off the top, dead layer to reveal the shiny layer underneath, kind of like a facial for your fence. Be sure to do both sides and then let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Staining: Like Sun Block for Wood
Now that your fence has been cleared of vegetation and cleaned, it’s time to stain to preserve the wood. Summer sun is great, but all those UV rays can be harmful to your wooden fence. You can find a good, UV blocking stain at your local hardware store. You can spray or brush it on, just be sure that it soaks into the surface of the wood. The stain won’t be able to do its job if it just runs off. Following the instructions that come with your stain exactly is a good way to ensure it works properly.
Choose a Wooden Fence from Hercules Fences
At Hercules Fence, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of several fence styles throughout the Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina areas. Our sales team can offer you many selections to choose from to accommodate your privacy, semi-privacy, and decorative needs, and our professionals use only the highest quality materials to install your fence at a price that is reasonable and affordable. We also specialize in commercial fencing to keep your business safe and secure while also looking professional and welcoming.
To get started with your residential fence for your home, call us today at 1-800-883-3623. You can also visit our contact page to find a full list of our locations and phone numbers.