Few things complete a picturesque home and garden quite like a solidly-built wood fence. However, when it comes to maintenance, wood fences can be the most demanding of all of the fencing materials out there. Regular refinishing, inspection, and repair are all necessary to preserve the integrity of your barrier and keep it looking great. In this week’s blog, we will discuss some key points of wood fence maintenance to help Virginia homeowners keep their fences pristine.
Seal Your Fence Properly
Unlike vinyl and some metal fences, wood fences are prone to pests and rot. While some types of wood are more resistant than others, it is generally good practice to paint, stain, or otherwise seal your wood fence. Paint is typically applied in a thicker layer, but stain penetrates deeper and can provide a more natural look. Varnish and other waterproof sealants are ideal for creating a protective topcoat, and keeping moisture out is an essential part of keeping your wood healthy for many years to come. These coatings will have to be stripped and reapplied over the years, and regular inspection is necessary to ensure that your finish is doing its job.
There are a few different things to consider when you analyze your landscaping practices from a fence maintenance point of view. Avoid having sprinklers douse your fence often, as this can contribute to mold and rot. Clear any dead branches from trees overhead. Planting trees and shrubs away from your fence can help reduce the likelihood that large roots will shift your posts, and it is easier to see your fence and any potential damage when there are no plants in the way.
Perform Regular Maintenance and Inspection
The most important part of wood fence maintenance is adhering to a regular maintenance and inspection schedule. Fence damage can quickly worsen if you do not address it, so make sure to keep an eye on your barrier. Look for crooked boards, mold, insects, and other things that can indicate damage or compromised wood. Often, if these issues are addressed promptly, your fencing contractor can fix the problem and save most or all of the fence.
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.