Wooden fences are beautiful and classic, but they are also highly vulnerable to extreme weather. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect your fence and ensure that it lasts for years to come. Use these strategies to keep your wooden fence looking great.
Stain or Seal the Fence
One of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your wooden fence and protect it from the elements is to use a stain or seal to protect the wood. Because one of the biggest risks for wooden fences is moisture, use a water-repellant sealant that will keep rain from seeping into the wood. Alternatively, if you stain your fence to change the color, choose an exterior stain with a water-repellant sealant incorporated into the mix.
Generally, wooden fences should be resealed or re-stained about every two or three years, depending on the weather where you live. Power-wash your fence and allow it to dry completely before each staining session.
Keep Plants Away from the Fence
Although many people like to plant flowers or bushes along their fence lines, this practice can lead to damage for wooden fences. The plants feed moisture into the fence, which can cause the wood to rot. If you plant along the fence, be sure to keep the plants just far enough away that they aren’t actually touching the fence, and trim them regularly. Make sure to keep any grass near the fence mowed, and avoid using vines or other crawling plants around the fence.
Get Repairs in a Timely Manner
When you need wooden fence repairs, get them done in a timely manner to prevent further damage. Cracks, breaks, and peeling stain or paint can all leave your fence more vulnerable to moisture and the associated damage.
Paramount Fence can provide advice about fence maintenance once you choose the perfect one for your property, and we’re available for wooden fence repairs in Chicagoland whenever you need them. You can learn more about all of our services by calling (630) 406-8410.