Wooden fencing is an incredibly popular choice for both residential and commercial properties in Florida. It is affordable, sturdy, and provides a natural appearance that instantly enhances your curb appeal. However, caring for a wooden fence is more tricky than other types of fencing. Below are some things you should never do to your wooden fence if you want it ti stay standing for years:
Don’t leave your wooden fencing bare.
Wooden fences will last longer if you apply a paint or stain to them. This helps seal the wood and protect it from water damage over time. Wooden fences are prone to warping, cracking, and splintering if they are left bare. We always recommend adding a coat of paint or wood stain to preserve the fence and help it last longer.
Don’t place plants against your wooden fencing.
Wood fencing is prone to molding and rotting, which means that any moisture retained can be a big problem. While a garden bordering your fence may look nice, it is likely that the moisture retained from the plants will cause it to rot. Gardens also need additional irrigation, so we recommend using potted plants or vines only for wooden fencing. Even with these plants, you’ll need to be diligent about keeping them trimmed and the fence dry.
Don’t let the sprinkler wet your wooden fence
You certainly want your lawn to look fresh and green, but in doing so you might be putting your fence at risk of mold and mildew growth. If you use a sprinkler system, be sure that it is out of range of your wooden fence. This will prevent rotting and ensure you don’t have to reapply stain or paint more often than you need.
Don’t forget to inspect your fencing
Issues in your wood fencing — from termite damage to splintering and paint chips — often go unnoticed until they reveal a major repair. This is because few people think about their fencing after installation. They have a “set it and forget it” mentality when it comes to fencing care, which is not appropriate for wood fencing. This material needs additional care to ensure longevity and to keep it looking nice for years to come. Make time to inspect your fence from damage and call FloriFence when in need of repairs.
If you’re interested in learning more about wood fencing care, contact your FloriFence team today!