A wood fence provides a yard with privacy and enhances the look of the area. Wood is a durable fencing material but it is not indestructible and it requires regular maintenance. If you have a wooden fence, follow the steps below to keep it looking and performing like new for many years.
You will need:
• Mildew cleaner
• Scrub brush
• Garden hose
• Paint or stain
• Sealer (if fence has never being painted or stained)
• Paintbrush, paint sprayer, or paint roller
Step 1: Inspect the fence regularly to ensure that nail have not come out of or rotted within the pickets. If you find loose nails, hammer them in or replace them with new nails. Replace broken and rotted pickets to keep the fence intact. Inspect each section of sectional fencing to ensure that it is secure. Leaning sections should be reinstalled into the ground to straighten them.
Step 2: If mildew is present on the fencing, it can be removed with soap and water or a mildew cleaner. After cleaning the fence, use the garden hose to rinse it with clean water. Periodic scrubbing with soap and water will remove built-up dirt and grime from the wood, prolonging its lifetime. Look for rot in the area where the fencing meets the ground and rinse all rot with clean water. If you have access to a pressure washer, use this to clean the fence, being careful not to use too much pressure or you may compromise the integrity of the wood.
Step 3: A wood fence should be stained or painted every few years. Use a paintbrush, paint sprayer, or paint roller. A brush or roller is recommended because it prevents overspray and allows you to reach into the fence nooks and crannies and address the area where the fence and ground meet. Apply two thin coats of paint or stain, allowing time to dry between each coat. If the fence has never been painted or stained, apply a high-quality sealer and reapply this each year to provide the fence with good protection.
Step 4: Apply caulk between the concrete fence posts and wood fence each year. This keeps moisture out of these areas, extending the life of the wood.