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You need to care for a wood fence.

It is rule number one on all lists.

By looking after that beautiful, new, wood fence it will stay standing for years upon years.

Maintenance is the key to keep it looking fresh and staying strong.

Prevention is better than the cure though and always use pressure treated wood on your property. A good idea too is to only use wood suitable for your local climate and a good fence installer, or supply company, will know what is best. Wood such as cedar or redwood will give you a natural, aged look and the woods are resistant to rot and weathering.

Having a checklist of must-know tips for wood fences will make the maintenance a lot easier and on the list would be:

  • Treat The Wood For Mildew and Fungi
  • Keep Grass, Plants And Dirt Away From The Posts
  • Seal And Paint The Wood
  • Stay Vigilant

The checklist is also useful for old fences and it is never too late to start caring for the wood.

Treat The Wood For Mildew And Fungi

Pressure treated wood is injected with chemicals, at the processing stage, to make it resistant to mildew and fungi.

You will need to treat the wood regularly with a similar product to prolong the effects of pressure treating.

Always buy a quality product and apply it according to the instructions.

A good tip is to do it a lot in the first couple of years, so the mildew and fungi won’t get a hold on the wood.

Keep Grass, Plants And Dirt Away From The Posts

You’ll often see plants growing around fence posts, but this is not a good idea.

The plants will do very little damage, but they will be an easy path for termites and other wood eating vermin to get into the fence.

You may not even know they are there until the damage is done.

Keep the grass trimmed.

Cut back plants around the fence, so they do not touch the wood.

Clear topsoil away from the foot of the posts and always set them in concrete.

Seal And Paint The Wood

Painting may not be practical when you have a long fence.

It does, however, seal the wood, giving a protective barrier against water, termites and mildew.

Maybe you prefer the natural, distressed look of the wood and if the painted wood is not to your liking use a protective sealant instead.

Sealing is the not the same as treating but you can apply a layer of sealant after the fungicide to keep the wood looking just as you like it.

Staining is another popular treatment. Stains come in different colors and you can keep the original look, or maybe darken the wood, so it matches the surrounding trees and bushes.

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Stay Vigilant

Take a walk around the property.

Admire your fence but keep on top of things that can go wrong.

If a post or rail is cracked, then replace the damaged pieces before they break and damage other parts of the fence.

Clear the dirt and plants away from the wood, so termites won’t get an easy way in to make their home.

Take a tin of stain or sealant with you on the walkabout and keep an eye open for bare spots.

Always fix the untreated spot there and then, don’t rely on your memory.

Give the posts a push or step on the rails. If you feel any give get it fixed before the winter winds do any damage to the fence.

Give Us A Call

At www.fencesupplyonline.com we will give you the best advice on caring for your fence.

Our experts have seen all the problems and know all of the ways to prevent them from happening.

We can give you a quote on that new fence too.

Call us today for all your fencing needs.