Fence maintenance is on many homeowners’ mind as the Georgia summer heat up. More people are headed outdoors and on easy Sunday drives to see what friends and neighbors are doing to spruce up their homes. Fence maintenance is often a priority among weekend projects and knowing how to do it efficiently and effectively saves time that can be better spent with a spouse, buddies or playing with the kids. Here’s quick list of fence maintenance tips to remember this summer and for every season to come. Perhaps an entirely new enclosure is what one is looking for this season. If there are more questions about particular issue not mentioned here, or the need for an all new enclosure, contact a leader in their field to get the work done fast and with the best materials. Yet, before choosing someone to help with a new structure or fence maintenance, know as much as possible about them beforehand.
1) Increase the attractive luster no matter the materials from which it is constructed.
2) Save money in replacement or repairs due to rot or other issues from harsh weather/time.
3) Improve home values by making sure the enclosure is as clean and solid.
Fence maintenance tips:
1) Divert water from the base of each post by using a proper grade. This will definitely prolong the integrity of an enclosure.
2) Don’t just think about pooling caused by rain but also when watering as with a garden or flower bed. Take measures to reduce the amount of moisture aimed by watering away from the posts, slats and rails.
3) Use chemicals to prevent weeds or grass from growing against the materials. If using a mower and weed eater, remove debris immediately after yard work is done from the enclosure no matter if it’s build from steel, wrought iron, brick, etc.
4) Address small problems while they are small instead of facing a huge project later.
5) Don’t only look at the wood, but also hinges, nails and screws for rust. Tighten if necessary and clean fast if there’s even a slight showing of rust.
6) Do the same for the gate if there is one.
7) Get rid of build up from the weather or lawn work. If there are kids and/or pets use only chemicals that are safe for them and the environment.
8) If it’s time for post replacement go with metal that lasts longer than wood and comes in many options that will look good on many budgets and with almost any existing structure.
Fence maintenance is something that should be done all year around, not just during the summer. The more often one inspects the materials, removing debris/rust and making small repairs while they are still small, it will save a ton of cash in the future. Don’t turn a blind eye to a spot of rust or loose board. Procrastination is the worst enemy of an enclosure but prompt fence maintenance is definitely the hero.