How To Maintain A Wooden Fence

Wooden fences provide a beautiful installation as a part of your landscaping design, and can fulfill a number of different needs that you may have, including acting as a privacy screen to block the neighbors and passersby from being able to see into your home to a simple perimeter that keeps your pets close to home. However, wood as a building material is not the most durable, especially when exposed to consistent and substantial amounts of moisture and humidity. In order to protect your fence from rotting, twisting, or becoming infested with pests like termites that could further undermine its structural integrity, you should know about a few of the things that you can do to maintain your wooden fencing.

Cut Back Plants

The simplest, but most constant, maintenance task associated with wooden fencing is making sure that all the plants in the surrounding area are trimmed back. Vines and branches that are intertwined with the fencing boards or posts can increase the amount of weight that they are holding up, thus making it more likely that they may bend or become misshapen. Further, plant material will hold onto water and press it against your fence: this can lead to pest infestations and rotting or warping, all of which represent serious structural damage.

Constant Sealing or Painting

Water is the primary cause of damage for your wooden fence. Water that soaks into your wood can lead to splitting, rusting screws and fasteners, rotting, warping and pest infestations, to name just a few. In order to protect your wooden fence from moisture exposure, which is inevitable for any outdoor installation, you need to make sure that you're regularly sealing the fence against the elements. This can be done with a stain, which is a clear or lightly colored liquid that highlights the natural color of the wood, or with wood paint, which gives you a wider range of colors but completely covers the wood. Depending on the severity of the weather that your fence is exposed to, you should plan to stain or paint your fence anywhere from every year to every three years.

Move the Sprinklers

In a somewhat similar vein to the above point, you'll want to make sure that you minimize the amount of water that your wooden fence is exposed to on a regular basis. While sealing and painting will make sure that rainfall and humidity don't have the chance to damage your fence, you should also make sure that you've moved your sprinklers and hoses so that your fence isn't being sprayed when it doesn't need to be. You may want to consider replacing sprinkler heads that spray water over a long distance with soaker hoses that deposit water directly into the soil.

For more information, reach out to a fence company.