As the weather gets colder and leaves start to turn brown, Virginians are getting ready for everything that fall will bring. Rain, snow, salt, and below-freezing temperatures can put any structure through its paces, and residential fences are no exception. Now is an excellent time to turn your attention to residential fence maintenance! Here are some tips to help you protect your fence from this season’s weather and address any maintenance concerns from the summer.
Residential Fence Maintenance Includes Some Landscaping
Your plants have likely grown a lot during the spring and summer months, and that isn’t always a good thing. Vines, trees, and shrubs can encroach upon your fence and introduce all kinds of complications. Cut back nearby plants to reduce the likelihood of insect damage and structural issues, and make sure to evaluate any large tree roots or limbs that may cause problems.
Give Your Fence a Rinse
Once you’ve cut back any excess foliage, clean your fence using an appropriate method. Depending on your fence’s materials, you may need a soft scrub brush, garden hose, or power washer, and using the right tools and cleaners is crucial for cleaning effectively and preventing damage.
Inspect Your Fence for Damage and Wear
After you’ve removed any caked-on dirt and grime, take a hard look at your fence. Inspect every board, post, and piece of hardware, and make sure to consider the overall look of your fence, too. Look for changes in angles, cracked or missing boards, and rusty nails and screws. Wood fences can suffer from rot and pest damage, so make sure to keep these problems in mind if you have a wooden barrier.
Preventative Care is a Crucial Part of Residential Fence Maintenance
One of the most important aspects of residential fence maintenance is preventative care. Refinishing or staining your fence is a vital way to prevent future damage. Wood fences should be protected by a stain, paint, or varnish, and these coatings should be stripped and reapplied according to manufacturers’ recommendations. Some metal fences have powder coatings or paints as well, and chipped or flaking finishes can give rust a place to take hold.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.