Maintaining your fence is important for protecting your yard and home. But knowing how to do that and what to be wary of is half the battle. The summer brings high heat and humidity that can cause cracking, splitting, or rotting in your fence. There are also environmental dangers that can damage the life of your fence and leave you vulnerable.
Knowing how to treat and care for your fence properly can save you a lot of stress and money. Here are 3 smart ways to make sure your fence stays maintained and continues to protect your yard.
1. Keep Roots And Grass From Growing
Some types of grass and other vegetation can grow fast in the summer. When they start crawling up the fence pickets, this could present a real problem. When grass or weeds grow under or on your fence it can cause cracking and trap moisture which leads to rotting in your fence pickets. Make sure to trim or treat the grass near your fence to stop the growth.
2. Clean Your Fence Pickets
A power washer can easily clean your fence. You can scrub any stains or spots away by using a solution of 3 parts water to 1 part bleach. Make sure not to use the sprayer too long on one spot, as that can damage the wood. Two reasons that cleaning your fence is beneficial. 1. You wash away any mildew or any growth that can cause rot and 2. Once your fence is clean, you can properly stain it.
3. Stain Your Fence
With your fence cleaned from mildew and dirt, you can then stain and seal your fence. Staining can greatly extend the life of your fence. If you have a fence for your yard, we recommend keeping it in great shape and not neglecting any issues in the wood. Get the most out of your investment and protect your fence so that it stands strong against weather and other elements.
We also build fences that don’t require any maintenance if you don’t want to deal with the hassle—even privacy fences! If you have questions about a new fence or about how to treat your current one, contact us at 918-697-6977 or fill out the form below. We can’t wait to hear from you!