Key Tips for Maintaining a Wood Fence

Wood fences have many benefits, including their affordability, the ability to customize through stain and paint, the privacy they provide, and their traditional and timeless style.  However, wood fences do require some maintenance in order to protect and preserve the wood.  To ensure your wood fence lasts a long time and remains a beautiful part of your backyard space, here are some key tips on how to maintain it:

 

Keep it Clean

Clean your fence once a year to remove dirt build-up and mildew, and to maintain the colour.  You can purchase a cleaner formulated for wood fences, or you can make your own cleaner using one part bleach and two parts water.  Apply the fence cleaner with a cloth, let it soak in, and then rinse the fence with a hose.

Wash Away Debris

Wood fences located in areas prone to thunder storms and other extreme weather events tend to break down as they get covered in dirt and debris on a regular basis.  Any time a storm leaves your wood fence covered with leaves, branches or dirt, use a power washer to remove the build-up and keep your fence clean and dirt free.

Repair Regularly

Wood fences should be inspected for damages and repaired at least once a year. To start, check all of the nails and screws.  Replace any which are missing or rusty, and tighten any loose screws.   You will also need to inspect your wood fence for rotting posts and rails.  If you find any, replace the rotting pieces as soon as possible to maintain the integrity of your fence.

Stain and Reseal

Wood fences need to be protected with stain and sealant since they are exposed to the outdoor elements. Unfortunately, the sealant breaks down over time, so commit to staining and resealing your wood fence every two years to keep your fence looking its best.

It may seem like wood fences are a lot of work, but if you have the time and know-how, maintaining your wood fence is worth the effort for the style and privacy it affords.  In addition, well-maintained wood fences save you time and money in the long run as you will avoid the cost and hassle of replacing them. So follow these tips on how to maintain wood fences, and you will be able to enjoy yours for years to come!