If you just had a wooden fence placed in your yard, you are most likely appreciative of the attractiveness it provides to your property as well as the security it gives you in enclosing personal property or pets. It is important to take the necessary steps in maintaining your residential fencing in such a way that it continues to look as great as it does after it is newly installed. Here are some tips you can use to ensure your fence remains in the best possible condition for as long as possible.
Remove Debris From Your Fence Regularly
It is important to remove debris that accumulates upon the wooden structure often so it does not appear grungy. Failing to remove debris can also lead to uneven fading of the fence as only portions will be hit by direct sunlight. Use a pressure washer to remove any dirt from the fence frequently. This can be done in conjunction with the application of a wood cleaning agent. Make sure to rinse any cleaner from the fence completely, and protect any foliage around the fence by covering it with tarps during the cleaning process.
Handle The Repair Of Any Damaged Portions Promptly
If your fence sustains damage that leaves behind a crack in the wood, it will need to be fixed immediately so it does not expand in size. Cracks can be filled in with a wood filling agent. This is a pliable material that can be purchased from your local hardware store. Simply push the filler into the crack with aid from a putty knife or screwdriver. Make sure to spread the filler across the edges of the crack so the damage is completely covered. When the filler hardens, remove any excess with a piece of sandpaper.
Keep Your Fence Protected With Stain Or Paint
Your fence will require a protective coating to help it battle against weathering from precipitation and sunlight. Add a coat of stain to give the fence a pleasing hue while helping to keep the planks in the best of condition. Alternately, a coat of paint can be applied to the wood planks to give the fence an attractive look. If desired, a coat of polyurethane can be applied over the stain or paint to help it keep from wearing away prematurely. This will give your fence a shiny sheen that many enjoy. Apply any of these agents to the fence with a paintbrush and be sure to let them dry between coats.