Round rail wood and Split rail fence is a beautiful addition to any property. Properly cared for, a wood fence can last for a very long time. However, if you don’t take the right steps, you could find your fence bleached and faded, slowly rotting. Eventually, it will fail completely. Thankfully, there are some simple steps that can be taken to ensure that your round rail wood fence stands the test of time.
Buy the Right Fence
While you’ll always have some maintenance to take care of, buying the right wood fence in the first place is a crucial first step. Always look for pressure treated lumber – only use untreated lumber in an arid climate. Pressure treated lumber can stand the test of time and exposure to the elements where untreated lumber will quickly succumb to moisture, rot and pests. Your fence supplier should be able to provide you with a great deal of information about your options, as well as the care and maintenance requirements.
Inspect and Repair Annually
At least once per year, walk the entire perimeter of the fence. Look for signs of deterioration and decay, areas where the rails might be warping or no longer fit correctly into the fence posts. Look for signs of decay on the fence posts, as well (leaning, or easily moved with your hand). Check around the bottom of each post for signs that the soil has been washed away. If you spot signs of damage or decay, make repairs immediately.
Use Fence Armor
Fence Armor is a simple galvanized plate that wraps around the bottom of the post and protects it from power edgers, lawn mowers, and any other landscaping equipment.
Every year or so, clean your fence. This can be done most easily with a pressure washer, but you can also use other tools depending on the amount of time and effort you’re willing to put in. Regular cleanings ensure that mold, mildew and other biologics don’t have a chance to get a toehold on your fence.
If you choose to clean your wood fence with a pressure washer, use care. Pressure washers create very strong streams of water. Not only will this remove mold, mildew and dirt, but it will remove the stain on your fence, too. If you have the pressure set too high or aim the stream at one place for too long, they can actually erode the wood itself. Make sure you’ve got the right sprayer tip and the right pressure setting before getting started, or you could cause more damage.
Your fence will last much longer when properly sealed, and it should be resealed periodically. If you choose to pressure wash your wood fence, you’ll need to give it about a week to dry out, and then apply a new coat of sealant or stain to the wood to prevent rot and deterioration. You can apply sealant or stain in a number of ways, including with a paintbrush. However, your common garden sprayer is actually a faster method. Just make sure that you completely coat all wood surfaces. Of course, the quality of the stain or sealer you choose is also a crucial consideration. Formulations with high solids will also require fewer coats, reducing the amount of time you need to spend applying them. Also look for a product that includes a UV inhibitor, and you’ll find that your wood fence lasts a lot longer.
When it comes to maintaining your round rail wood fence, a few simple steps will help ensure that you get the most value for your money, and that your fence stays strong and looking great for years to come. Follow the steps outlined above and you should have no problem maintaining your fencing.