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How to Preserve Wood Fences?

Whether you have a new fence or are trying to preserve an existing one, it is important to take care of it properly. Keeping it in good condition will allow it to last longer and look better. 

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First, keep it clean. Using a pressure washer with a maximum of 1,500 to 2,000 psi will help remove dirt, grime, and other elements from the surface of the wood that could be damaging your fence. It will also strip away months of weathering and safeguard your fence from rot and mold. 

Second, inspect it for damage and make repairs as needed. Repairs include replacing damaged boards and refastening loose boards. Countersink any protruding nails, drive corrosion-resistant screws to pull loose boards tightly together and apply waterproof glue to split or break pieces of wood. 

Third, stain it to enhance its beauty and add protection from the elements. It is best to use an exterior semitransparent oil stain that protects the wood from sun bleaching and slows down the growth of mildew. It should also contain UV inhibitors to slow down the rate of color fading. 

Fourth, apply a water-repellent fence sealant. This is an easy way to keep your fence protected and looking great for years to come. It can be applied to your wood fence with a brush or roller and will not stain the wood like a wood stain. 

Fifth, reseal it every four or five years to maintain its appearance and prevent it from deteriorating. It is important to reseal your fence after it has been cleaned and before it dries because this will ensure that the sealant will bond with the wood. 

Sixth, maintain it regularly and perform minor repairs as needed. It is essential to regularly inspect it for any signs of rot, mold, insect infestation, or other damage. 

Termites and other pests will eat away at your fence if you leave it exposed to the environment. The easiest way to reduce the amount of damage these pests cause is to kill them with a mixture of chlorine bleach and water. You can purchase a ready-to-use solution at your local hardware store or home improvement center. 

Seventh, maintain it by removing any leaves and other debris that may have fallen on the fence or on the ground. The debris will clog the wood pores and eventually lead to rotting or discoloration. It is especially important to maintain the fence if it has been in an area with heavy rains. 

Eighth, reseal it with an outdoor-friendly stain or paint that has a water-resistant or preservative chemical to help it resist the elements and stay looking fresh. It is also a great way to add color to your wood fence. 

Ninth, keep it free of weeds and other plants that can be dangerous to your fence. Plants such as bushes, vines and grapevines can pierce the fence’s skin and penetrate the wood, which will eventually cause rot. 

It is also a good idea to reseal the fence when it becomes dull and faded, as this will give it a refreshed look that will improve its curb appeal. A professional can do this for you, but you should consider the cost of this service before you decide to hire someone to preserve your fence.