What kind of care and maintenance will my wood fence require?
We recommend applying paint or stain every two years or as needed. Consult our installation instructions for more detailed care and maintenance information.
Should I paint or stain my fence?
Between the rain, wind and cold temperatures, winter can be hard on a Long Island wood fence. Spending time outdoors may be the last thing most homeowners want to do this time of year, but a little extra maintenance now can help increase the life span of your fence and reduce the problems you’ll encounter come spring.
What Winter Weather Does to a Wood Fence
Winter Maintenance Tips for Wood Fences
Apply Stain: Applying a fence stain before winter is crucial. Stain is your first line of defense against moisture and seasonal damage.
Keep horizontal fence rails clear of leaves, acorns, shells or twigs, and clean out any material wedged between the rails and the fence boards. Wet organic matter such as leaves can accelerate rot in your fence, and objects squeezed between the rails and boards can reduce your fence's stability over time.
These simple tips will help keep your fence looking great all the way til the Spring.
• Check for knotholes. Shift in temperature cause the wood to expand and contract, this shift can cause knots in wood to fall out leaving knot holes in your fence. Knot holes are the perfect homes for insects and particles that may become lodged permanently increasing the possibility of rot to your fence.
There are several components that make your outdoor living space a whole. A basic list may include plants, lawn, deck, arbor, pergola, outdoor furniture, outdoor accessories and your fence. Your fence is the component that keeps your outdoor living space private for your enjoyment. The fence may be the single structure in your back yard which you made the biggest monetary investment. Improve it’s lifespan.
Fence maintenance can be frustrating if you are not sure how to clean a fence. Regardless if you're looking for tips on how to clean a vinyl fence, wood fence, chain link fence or steel & aluminum fences, this article should teach you everything you need to know for proper maintenance for all fence types.
Written by Kelly Anne Sullivan