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Tips to Maintain Your Beautiful, New Wood Fence

Wooden Fence
Wooden fences are a low-cost and durable fencing option that has the ability to raise your property's value and curb appeal. Now that your fence is installed and you are enjoying the privacy, it's time to learn how to protect your investment. Properly caring for your wooden fence will extend its life and maintain its appearance.

Here are a few tips to help you easily care for your new wooden fence.

Stain or Paint

Another benefit to a wooden fence is its adaptability. It can either be stained or painted, depending on your personal preference. In addition to increasing the beauty of the fence, covering the slats with stain or paint will also protect them from damage and wear.

Here is how to stain your new wooden fence:
  • Protect any nearby surfaces. Cover any nearby surfaces, including any foliage, with drop cloths or tarps. This will protect them from being damaged by the stain.
  • Apply the stain. Using an airless sprayer, electric cup sprayer, or a nap roller, apply an even coat of the stain. A smaller, trim roller is best for the nooks, crannies, and hard-to-reach areas.
  • Clean up any drips. Use a small roller or paintbrush to eliminate any drips.
  • Apply a second coat. Allow the first coat to dry according to the package directions. Apply a second, even coat.
If you'd prefer a pop of color, paint is another option. Here are the steps to take if you decide to paint your fence:
  • Protect any nearby surfaces. Grab the tarp or drop cloths and cover any nearby surfaces you don't want covered in paint.
  • Prep the paint sprayer. If you don't own a paint sprayer, consider renting one from a hardware or home improvement store. The sprayer will make the job much quicker and create a more even finished product.
  • Apply the paint. Holding the sprayer 8 to 12 inches from the fence, apply the paint using a steady, back-and-forth motion. After the first coat is dry, apply a second if desired.
After you're done painting, disassemble the paint sprayer, wash out the components with soapy water, and allow them to air dry.

Clean

Periodically cleaning your wooden fence will help eliminate any mud, dirt, or mold that makes it appear dull. The best option is to either purchase or rent a pressure washer. Use a nozzle that is recommended by the manufacturer for use on stained or painted wooden fences. Before you begin pressure washing, cover the ground beneath the fence with plastic sheets or tarps.

Next, grab your pressure washer, and standing at least 18 inches away from the fence, begin cleaning each slat. Start from the top of the slat and work your way toward the ground. Keep the nozzle of the pressure washer moving to prevent damaging the wood or chipping the paint.

Once the fence is completely dry, check for any wear, tear, or missing paint. If the paint is missing in an area, protect the wood by applying a new coat to the affected portion.

Repair Damage

Watch out for any damage to the fence, including loose planks, wood rot, and damage to the metal hinges. You can easily repair any minor damage, such as a loose screw or a missing nail. However, if you've noticed extensive damage or severe wood rot, do not attempt to fix this on your own.

Instead, hire a professional to expertly repair your fence right away. This will protect the integrity of the fence and protect your privacy as well.

Knowing how to properly care for your wooden fence will help extend its life. If you have any more questions, contact Allied Fence & Security.