How to Make a Fence Last Longer
A fence enhances security, boosts privacy and increases the value of your home. However, it can only continue to provide these vital benefits if you fully maintain and protect it. Be sure to take steps to maximize the longevity of your fencing:
Motor vehicles have the potential to seriously damage a fence, so it’s important to warn drivers of its presence. Take the time to install multiple reflectors on the side of this structure. This is particularly important if your fencing runs along a road.
When pine needles, leaves or twigs accumulate on the planks, make an effort to sweep them off. Long-term contact with moist debris can result in rotten wood and rusted screws. Remember to perform this task more frequently in the autumn.
It’s also beneficial to banish snow from fence surfaces. Don’t use a sharp implement, such as a metal shovel. This could damage the paint; exposed wood becomes far more vulnerable to rot, pest infestation and other harm. Avoid piling snow against fencing.
Before winter begins, examine all of the fence planks and posts. Repaint the surface if necessary. Fill any holes and replace rotten wood before minor problems turn serious. Remember to check fencing for termites, ants and carpenter bees as well.
If plants grow against your fence, they will increase the likelihood of pest problems, rotting and rusting. Trim nearby shrubbery each year. Prune tree limbs before they hang over the fencing. This is especially important if you notice any dead branches that might fall soon.
Basically, you can protect this structure by thoroughly cleaning it, performing preventive maintenance and keeping vegetation at bay. It’s also important to reduce the risk of accidental damage. If your fencing needs professional repairs or replacement, please contact our helpful staff for an estimate.