Summer is the perfect opportunity to do some work around the house and yard, and your fence is no exception. Maintaining your fence is a sure way to keep it at its best and increase its longevity. Depending on what kind of fence you have, your maintenance will look different, so read the tips below for advice, and call our team at ATX Residential Construction for a consultation if you have any specific questions.
If you have a wooden fence, make sure to check for termites and rot. Termites can do major damage to your fence in a short period of time, so it’s important to be on the lookout for them. If you see any evidence of termites, call an exterminator because most of the time you can still save your fence without replacing it all. Check our Fence Repair service for more information.
Rot is also a common issue with wooden fences, and if it’s not caught in time, it can cause the fence to collapse. Look for any soft or spongy areas on your fence and repair them as soon as possible.
Yes, you hear it a lot but cleaning is a key element of keeping your fence in optimal conditions. Whether your fence is made from wood or aluminum, it’s susceptible to all exterior damage. Fences can wear down due to dirtiness and grime on them which leads to discoloration over time as well an aged appearance.
Cleaning your fence is an easy way to keep it looking new. Not only will you be able to clean off all the dirt and grime, but regular cleaning also extends its life. It’s one task we recommend adding to your weekend plans if possible.
2. Spot Loose Posts
You don’t want your fence to blow over, do you? Check each post of your fence for stability. When soil around a fence’s base erodes, posts may become loose and begin to lean. To make sure your posts are firmly planted in the ground, test each one of them, this will apply to vinyl, aluminum, and wooden fences. If you notice any loose or unstable posts, don’t hesitate to call our team!
3. Paint or Reseal after cleaning
Wood is a renewable resource, but it can weather quickly in the elements. If you want your home’s exterior woodwork to last as long and look good throughout all its seasons consider hiring an experienced contractor for help with upkeep!
They will apply oil-based stains or paint that seal out moisture so that rot doesn’t set in, choose a stain or sealant with a UV inhibitor to help keep the wood from turning gray. Let the wood dry for about a week before applying a stain or sealant.
4. Retain the natural color of a fence
You can retain your fence color by simply using a clear wood preservative and clear decking oil. Using these products will make your fence looks more natural and show its natural grain.
5. Extend the life of the wooden fence
There are many ways to extend the life of your wooden fence. You can build your wood fence with a metal fence post. Using metal fence posts will make your fence foundation stronger and generally last for decades. You can also stain and seal your fence. The stain will help repel moisture and give your fence a whole new look.
Don’t forget to inspect and repair your fence every year. This will help you to inspect small fence repairs that can prevent further damage.
Keep Your Fence Safe
If you are looking for professional fence help, you can call ATX Residential Construction at +1512 710 7116. We know how frustrating it is when you found a problem with your fence. Our team of experts will repair your fence seamlessly and leave your fence looking as good as new.