After your wood fence has been in place for several years, you want to implement a maintenance plan for it. A neglected wood fence will be more noticeable than a metal fence, so that’s one point. Anything that can take away from the perceived value of your home and property has to be avoided or fixed. There are no downsides at all about wood fence maintenance, and just remember that it is adding more money to your bank account.
Think carefully before you decide to paint your fence, and there are some good reasons for this. There are some pros and cons to staining versus painting, and maybe the best thing is to speak with your fence contractor. This is why it is so important for you to take matters into your own hands and find out the best information. Do the usual practices with painting and possibly staining which is to use a coating of primer so the outer coating will have something to stick to. Staining can be funny sometimes, not humorous at all though, in that the tint when it is dried on your fence may be darker than what you looked at when you were shopping.
One of the most pernicious problems found in wood fences are the various strains of mold that can begin forming. Mold will usually not be able to work its way through stain, and the very fact that you have stain will repel mold growth. Mold will not do as much damage as other intruders such as regular and real insects, though, but it can do it if you let it go long enough. Nothing replaces fast action when it comes to just about anything including a proven plan to keep mold at bay with the right strategies and techniques proven to work well.
We have written often about the dangers of termite infestations with wood fences, and they will spread to other areas of your fence which will cause damage.
It is easy to find pesticides that are made for termites, and your fence contractor can be of assistance in this matter, as well. You may not be able to get all of them, so it is possible that several rounds of treatment may be warranted. Then, they’ll find out about your home, and if there’s a lot of wood on the outside of your home they’ll go for it.
The exact nature of your wood fence care and maintenance plan will depend to a good extent on what you have. And you have to take everything into consideration as far as what is needed. So be sure you adhere to any directions you receive for the proper care of your fence.