Spring is right around the corner. After a long, hard winter, many people just want to enjoy the improving weather. Yet, Spring provides the best opportunity for the wood fence owner to perform some much needed care and maintenance. While it is best to start as early as possible, today’s article provides some tips for preparing your wood fence for Spring.
Spring Maintenance for a Wood Fence
1. Fence Cleaning – From time to time, a wood fence will need to be cleaned and sealed to protect the wood and continue looking good. Start with a cleaning solution specifically designed for wood fences and decks. The cleaner should sit and soak in for about 20 minutes. Then, using a long-handled brush, scrub the fence. Finally, use a pressure washer of 2,700 PSI or less to wash it all away. However, keep the sprayer a good 18 inches away and move it continuously to avoid wood damage.
2. Fence Repair – Carefully inspect your wood fence for damage and repair immediately. Notoriously, picket wood fences will become loose over time. Avoid the temptation to just drive the nails back in. The better option is to replace loose nails with corrosion-resistant deck screws. Now is also a good time to replace any pickets or rails that have become damaged or suffer from rot. Ultimately, the longer you avoid making repairs, the worse the damage will become.
3. Stain the Fence – While many people do paint their fence, the better option is staining. The stain penetrates the wood, will not peel, and it will last much longer than paint. In many instances, the best way to apply stain is with a roller, followed by a bush for spots the roller missed. However, make sure to use a drop cloth to avoid contact with the lawn. If thinking about using a sprayer, do this only if you live in an open area.
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