Fences require maintenance in order to last a long time and look great. All fences need upkeep at least twice a year, whether they’re wood, metal, iron or vinyl.
Fence maintenance is vital because it saves homeowners money, increases curb appeal and adds value to homes. Whether you’re in the market for a new fence and want to start out on the right foot or you want to work on your current fence, below are some ways to keep it in the best condition.
For Wood Fences
They’re beautiful and add value to homes, but if they aren’t looked after, wood fences can rot. To avoid this hassle and help slow down decay, buy pressure-treated wood.
Immediately after installation, fences should be sealed with a protective coating. Sealing contributes to a longer life and helps withstand insects, rot, and the elements. Additional routine maintenance includes power washing and painting or staining every few years to remove mildew and mold.
Every year or so, examine the fence for hardware that needs to be replaced: broken nails, screws, loose boards — anything that looks out of place. These routine checks extend the life of the wood and ultimately save the owner thousands of dollars on major replacements.
For Iron or Metal Fences
Iron and metal fences are extremely durable. With proper care, they look great for decades.
However, one thing is out to get them: rust.
Even a small amount can spread and impact their life spans. Routine maintenance can prevent rust though, so regularly check for signs. Rust tends to appear most often in moisture-heavy areas with a lot of rain or humidity. If rust does appear, scrub it off with a wire brush. Then wash the area with a mild cleanser afterward.
Also, keep fence areas clear of foliage, and paint your fence for added protection. If you want your fence waterproofed, apply wax.
For Vinyl Fences
Vinyl fences are the easiest to maintain. They come in a variety of colors, so they don’t require painting or staining, and unlike iron and metal, they don’t rust.
For long-lasting fences, maintenance is still required, but the job is simple. Just rinse off dirt, grass clippings and fertilizer with a garden hose or gentle cleanser. Minor stains are removed with soap and water, while plastic-safe degreasers or 10:1 water and bleach mixes solve major stains.
Don’t push fence maintenance to the bottom of your to-do list. Give your fencing the care it deserves. At Utah Fence Warehouse, we sell wood, vinyl, iron and metal fencing and would love to work with you. Call or email us today!