Fence maintenance is for life.
It is vital to remember this and to draw up a yearly fence maintenance schedule.
At Fence Supply Online we are forever telling people to care for their investment in a new fence.
We get a lot of questions about doing fence maintenance.
Our experts put their heads together and came up with some excellent suggestions on yearly fence maintenance.
On their long list, the following tips for fence maintenance came out on top:
- Wood fences need staining
- Fence maintenance involves cleaning
- Iron fencing should be rust free
- Check for damage when doing fence maintenance
- Clear undergrowth and branches
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
Wood fences need staining
Fence Supply Online wood products are pressure-treated at the factory and are ready for use immediately.
This does not mean you should not treat the fence after every summer.
The dry, hot winds and exposure to sunlight will put pressure on the wood.
You will need to stain the wood to protect it through the coming winter months.
Every year the fence will need staining and sealing too.
Painting is a good idea for extra protection.
Fence maintenance involves cleaning
Dirt, dust, leaves, and grass cling to your fence.
After a storm, you will see this, but it can happen at any time of the year.
The debris can do a lot of damage. It can encourage the growth of mildew, fungi, and moss. When the waste dries it may take off the protective coating on the fence. On top of everything else, it makes the fence look dirty.
Give your fence a good clean at least once a year. Soap and warm water will do the job, but always wash it all off too.
A clean fence will shine and catch the eye, but it will also be easier to paint, seal or stain.
Iron fencing should be rust free
Rust is the enemy of your iron fence.
It will eat away at the iron, sometimes below the surface and can do a lot of damage.
Take a walk along the line of the iron fence at least once a year. Look closely for rust spots and especially the small blisters that form out of sight, below the joins and under the rails.
When you find a rust spot, you should tackle it immediately. Scrape it away and paint the repair with an anti-rust treatment.
Do not ignore the rust as it will spread quickly.
Check for damage when doing fence maintenance
Often damage occurs to the fence but you may not notice it until it spreads along the structure.
For any fence type, be it iron, vinyl or wood you should check for damage regularly.
Walk along the fence. Shake the posts to find any loose ones. Put your foot on the rails to make sure they are in place. Check for cracks and splits or anywhere the structure is showing weakness.
Damage can happen from high winds but also by kids climbing over the fence and impact damage from cattle and horses.
Fix any damage immediately, or the next storm will make it a lot worse.
Clear undergrowth and branches
It is a good idea to grow plants near and around your fence but keep them clear of the structure itself.
Once a year you should clear the grass or undergrowth away from the base of the fence. Termites can get into the wood by climbing up the nearby plants.
Branches and sharp bushes can rub against the fence and do a lot of damage. The protective coating on an iron fence may scratch off and let moisture into the surface below.
In a storm, branches may fall on or knock over the fence, so keep all growth away from the structure when doing the yearly fence maintenance.
At Fence Supply Online we know a lot about fence maintenance.
Our experts are only too happy to advise you on caring for your investment.
We supply all types of fencing and will help you with long-term care.
Call us today for all your fence maintenance needs.