Keeping up with fence maintenance is an important part of property ownership. Regularly checking your fence for damage or wear, and making necessary repairs in a timely manner, can help extend the life of your fence and ensure it looks great for years to come. Read on for helpful tips from the professionals on how to maintain your fence.
Clean Your Fence Regularly
Regular cleaning with the appropriate materials can help keep your fence looking good and preserve it for years to come. Be sure to use a cleaner that is suitable for the type of fence you have, and carefully follow manufacturer's instructions. Cleaning regularly will help remove dirt, grime, and mildew that can build up on your fence and cause damage. Doing this will also help protect the paint or stain and keep your fence looking its best.
Repair Loose Connections or Worn Sections Immediately.
Loose connections and worn sections on your fence can pose problems if left unchecked. Make sure to inspect your fence regularly for any signs of wear-and-tear or damage. If you spot any broken or loose pieces, make sure to repair them immediately to avoid further damage. It may also be a good idea to invest in replacement parts or materials for maintenance or repairs.
Check for Signs of Rot and Wear in Wooden Fences.
Maintaining a wooden fence requires regular checking for signs of rot and wear. Due to the nature of wood, it’s susceptible to deterioration over time due to exposure to moisture, sunlight, snow and ice. It’s best to conduct yearly inspections of your wooden fence, paying particular attention to the bottom rails and posts where rot can first appear. If you spot any discoloration or decaying wood, carefully remove the affected area as soon as possible with an appropriate repair kit or with assistance from a professional.
Treat Wooden Fences With Sealants for Maximum Longevity.
Protect your wooden fence from the elements by treating it with a sealant that’s designed for outdoors use. This will help to minimize cracking and warping due to extreme temperatures, while also making the fence more resistant to decay. Sealants come in various forms, including easy-to-apply stains and varnishes that can be applied with a roller or brush.
Use whichever product you find most suitable and make sure you are re-sealing every couple of years for maximum effect. You can easily find sealants at Home Depot (35 Pinebush Rd), Home Hardware (200 Franklin Blvd, 718 King St E or in Westgate Centre), Lowe's (575 Conestoga Blvd) or Canadian Tire (65 Pinebush Rd or Highland Shopping Centre) to name a few. If you're interested in purchasing online, a strong option is the Ready Seal Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer which you can find on Amazon.
Monitor Metal, Chain Link And Vinyl Fences For Weaknesses and Flaws.
Regularly inspect metal, chain link and vinyl fences to identify any rust spots or other visible weakness that can cause fence failure or damage. Address problems as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming bigger issues. If you notice nuts and bolts that are loose, or structural parts that have shifted, they should be tightened and reinforced. Check for signs of corrosion on metal fencing and if needed recoat the area with fresh paint or an anti-rust product. Vinyl fencing may require cleaning to remove dirt particles that stick to its surface over time.
Our fencing experts at Cambridge Fence will inform you about proper maintenance procedures and recommended products after the fence installation has been complete. However, feel free to send us follow up questions if you're in need of more assistance.