Once a fence is installed, it tends to fade into the background. A wooden fence looks nice and it gives a house that homey feel but it isn’t something that most people think about. That often proves to be a costly mistake. After a few years of neglect, you will be dealing with a gray, rotting fence that can’t be repaired so you are stuck with the cost of replacement.
If you want to get the most out of your fence and have it lasts for years to come, there are a few things you can do:
Have it installed by an expert.
Fences seem like the perfect do it yourself project but they can be messed up just like anything else. If you don’t do your research beforehand, anchor them correctly, or use the right materials then your fence could do your property value more harm than good. A professional fencing contractor will know what type of fence you need, what the best materials are and how to protect the fence against the elements.
Decide if you want to paint or stain it.
You have to do one or the other to wooden fences to protect them from rot so you can’t leave this decision to the last minute. Look into different paints and stains to find out which will work best for your situation. Use these quick painting or staining tips to get the job done quickly.
Periodically check your fence for discoloration, chipped paint or moss.
If the paint has been compromised then that means water can seep in. If you leave it open to the weather, rot will set in fairly quickly. Remove moss as soon as you see it because it will hold moisture against the fence which hastens decay.
Repaint or reseal your fence every 3-5 years.
Where you live will have a major impact on how often you will need to do this. If you live in an area that has a lot of moisture then you will need to do it more often than someone who lives in the desert.
We want to make sure your new fence lasts a lifetime. These simple tips can help protect your fence and ensure that it looks great throughout the years. If you’re ready for a new fence to replace one that’s not doing so great, call us today. We can give you a free quote for any type of fence you’re looking for.