Summer is in full swing, and homeowners are using this beautiful weather to perform routine maintenance on their homes and yards. When was the last time you thought about fence maintenance? If you have not worked on your fence since last summer, now is the perfect time to give it a good clean. Follow these four fence maintenance tips to keep your fence looking great all summer long.
Wood Fence Maintenance
If your fence is looking grimy, have at it with a pressure washer. An alternative to the pressure washer is to give it a good hand-scrubbing with a cleaning solution of either bleach or vinegar. Once your fence has been cleaned, figure out if you would like to paint or stain your fence. Some people prefer the classic painted white picket fence, while other homeowners opt for a nice, rich, dark wood stain. The choice is yours, just make sure to research the process or, better yet, have a professional apply the paint or stain for you.
Vinyl Fence Maintenance
Vinyl fences are fairly simple to maintain, but they could still do with some summer cleaning. You can use a power washer for this task, but a garden hose will likely suffice. Use the nice summer weather as an opportunity to spend some time outside examining your vinyl fence. Vinyl fences are fairly low-maintenance, but they can scratch easily. Make a note of any scratches, scuffs, or dents on your vinyl fence. Scuffs can be removed, but scratches are harder. Consult your local fence installation and repair professionals to determine what can be done for your fence.
Metal Fence Maintenance
Metal fences made from aluminum, iron, steel, or other metals can also benefit from a quick once-over with a pressure washer or hose. Take the opportunity to do some landscaping around your metal fence this season. While most metal fences are quite durable, large roots and branches can have negative effects on your fence’s performance. Large roots which are allowed to grow underneath fences or between the bars can actually bend the metal over time, so make sure to keep your fences clear of any large plants or debris.
Fence Maintenance for Dogs
If you have a dog, you have likely let them spend quite a bit of time in the yard this season. Take some time to inspect the lower perimeter of your fence to make sure that your dog has not damaged the fence and that your yard is secure. If your dog has dug holes underneath your fence, fill them. There are a few methods available to prevent dogs from digging under fences, so make sure to contact your local fence experts and see what option is best for your yard.
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.