How to Protect Wood Fence From Weather Conditions?
Keeping your fence looking its best is an important aspect of owning a home. Fortunately, there are many ways to protect your wood fence from weather conditions and keep it looking good for years to come!
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1. Regularly inspect the fence.
Whether you have an older fence or a newer one, it’s a good idea to check it often for signs of damage or potential problems. This includes checking for cracks, warping, or other issues that could affect the stability of your fence.
2. Repair any issues that you spot, if possible.
If your fence is showing signs of damage, repairing it before it deteriorates may help you save money in the long run. Depending on the type of wood you have, repairs can be simple or complex.
- Power wash the fence to remove dirt, mold, and mildew.
If you have a wooden fence that isn’t stained or painted, it should be power washed with a pressure washer at least once a year to remove any surface grime and stains. This will also help to safeguard the wood from rot and mold.
- Trim back any trees or bushes that are encroaching on your fence line and that can cause wind damage.
Tree limbs that are too close to your fence can also cause damage when they come into contact with the winter snow. The weight of the snow can break these branches, causing them to fall onto your fence.
- Take measures to avoid moisture from pooling in the bottom of your fence.
Adding concrete bases to your fence can be an inexpensive way to make it more resistant to water damage. However, it is important to remember that water can still seep into these concrete bases. It’s best to raise and dome these concrete bases slightly so that the water doesn’t have a chance to pool and soak into the bottom of your fence.
- Protect your wooden fence from UV rays and water.
The best way to prevent your fence from fading or becoming discolored is to apply a UV-resistant exterior stain that is specifically designed for fencing. These stains have antifungal and anti-UV properties that will help to preserve the color of your fence.
7. Choose a waterproof sealer for your fence.
If your wood fence is made of treated wood, you’ll need to wait a few weeks for it to completely dry before you can paint or stain it. In addition, it’s a good idea to regularly check for any damage to the fence, such as rot or mold.
- If you do choose to stain your fence, consider using a semitransparent or transparent stain. These stains are lighter than opaque stains and allow more of the wood grain detail and color to show through. They’re also more resistant to the sun’s UV rays and can last longer than opaque stains.
Once your fence has dried, it’s time to apply a coat of a clear or semi-transparent fence stain. This will seal the wood from rain, ice, and snow, as well as keep it looking beautiful for years to come.