How To Take Care Of Your Wooden Fence

Posted on: 14 March 2018

You've recently installed a wooden fence on your property, and you want your fence to last for many years. With proper care and maintenance, your wooden fence can last for up to 20 years.

The type of wood your fence is made of greatly determines its durability, but overall care will allow your fence to last longer. Here are care tips for your wooden fence.

Don't Put Things On Your Fence

Don't place any objects against your wooden fence. Ladders, plant materials, toys, equipment, and other items leaning on your fence will cause the wood sections to slant, and can even cause whole sections to come apart or lean indefinitely.

Prevent placing things along your fence by lining your fence with decorative rock. While it may be tempting to use your fence to hold planters and other decorations, limit plant life on your fence to a few climbing vines. Trim vines and relocate roots as plants become heavy and thick to preserve your fence.

Keep Digging and Climbing at Bay

If you have kids or pets, limit the amount of time they spend playing on or digging near the fence. Again, decorative rock or even brick pavers bordering both sides of your wooden fence will help keep climbing and other activity away from your fence.

If a dog is digging at your fence, line the bottom of the fence with chicken wire, then bury the wire, holding it in place with tent stakes. Digging should stop when your dog can't get through the fence's bottom, and you can remove the barrier later.

Have Your Fence Treated

Wood is a naturally porous material, susceptible to water damage, sun fade and cracking, and insect damage. Treat your wooden fence every few years to keep the wood in its best condition. Painting your fence can provide the same protective barrier. Common paint hues for fences include:

  • Red
  • White
  • Dark brown
  • Black
  • Navy

Paint your fence when the paint begins to wear and flake off to preserve your fence's quality.

Have Your Fence Inspected

The company that installed your wooden fence will schedule periodical inspections of your fence with you, and it's your responsibility to follow up on these inspections. Your fence installation specialist will find flaws in the fence that need repairs, and if you have these repairs made while your fence is under warranty, these repairs can be done at no cost to you. Continue with periodic inspections of your wood fence until you are ready to replace the fencing in your yard.

Contact a company like Canyon  Fence Co for more information and assistance.