Summer is almost over. We all know that summer can bring hot days, rainstorms, high winds, and damaging ultraviolet rays. If you have a wooden fence, all of those things can be damaging to the fence. Some fencing material, like wood, will require more maintenance than others. It does not matter what material your fence is made of, it is important to always inspect and evaluate your fence occasionally to ensure your fence is always looking its best.
At Security Fence and Construction, we are knowledgeable about a long list of things when it comes to fences, including wooden fences. We want to provide you with some tips and advice on how to maintain your fence and keep it in perfect shape this summer. We also want to provide you with advice on what you should do if a problem arises.
Remove Debris and Plants
If you take a good look at your fence, there is a chance you will see grass, plants, vines, etc. trying to make their way up your fence. If you notice any of those things surrounding your wooden fence, pull them out. It is important to make sure you get all the roots out.
If you leave the roots in the ground, the grass and plants will grow right back. If you allow these things to continue growing, they can become very difficult to remove. If you are no longer able to remove them, your fence can become worn down very quickly. Loose dirt and plant matter that lands near your fence should also be removed because it can lead to a collection of insects or mildew.
Trim Nearby Trees
Not only will you need to remove any growing grass or plants from your wooden fence, but you will also need to make sure your trees and shrubs are freshly manicured. If you have low hanging trees around your fence, they can cause damage to your fence.
The chances that your fence will be damaged will increase during the summer because of the risks of dangerous storms and high winds. If the trees hanging near your fence are on your neighbor’s property, we encourage you to talk to your neighbor before you attempt to trim the trees.
While moisture is not a good thing for your wood fence, especially in the summer, it is still a good idea to give your fence an in-depth washing at the start of summer. As time goes on, your wood fence may be surrounded by residue due to various factors. If you do not want your fence to have any dirt and grime on it, you can give your fence a power wash.
When you deep clean your fence with a power wash, you will give your fence a better chance at lasting for a long time. A proper power wash during the summer will remove any dirt and residue on the fence and it will reveal the appealing layer underneath. You may be surprised at how much your yard will brighten after you have given your fence a power wash.
After you clear your fence of debris, plants, leaves, etc., you cannot forget about preserving the wood. Rays from the sun can cause significant damage to your wooden fence. You can easily find an affordable, UV blocking stain that can be used to preserve your fence. The stain can be sprayed on or brushed on. Regardless of how you apply the stain, it is important to make sure it soaks on the wood surface. If you want to effectively apply your stain, you will need to closely follow the directions.
At Security Fence & Construction, we specialize in the installation and maintenance of different fence styles throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul and the entire Twin Cities. If you are ready to get started with your residential fence to your home, contact us today.