Florida backyards experience a lot of rain in the summertime. Whether it’s a daily afternoon show or a powerful thunderstorm, you can expect your fencing to experience significant rainfall this time of year. While this is not a problem for some fencing materials (like vinyl or aluminum) it can be problematic for your wood fencing Below are some tips to help prevent and fix wood rot on your fence:
Test your wood periodically.
Oftentimes homeowners don’t notice wood rot on fencing because it is covered by paint or a colored stain. This can make the problem much worse because you won’t treat it nearly as quickly as you would if it were exposed. In order to catch wood rot early on painted fencing, use a screwdriver to find soft spots on your fencing. If the fence dents easily when pressure is applied, it is likely rotting underneath.
Seal the surface with paint or a quality wood stain.
Wood rot prevention is necessary for any wooden fencing. We recommend painting or staining your fence to improve its aesthetic appearance and keep water damage at bay. However, this is not a one-and-done job. You need to touch up paint and stains as needed to preserve their function. Check your fencing every year for chips or wearing of the protective coating, and be sure to apply a fresh coat or touch-up as soon as possible.
Replace rotting fence posts as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to reverse the rotting or molding process once it has started within your wood fence. Therefore, it’s important to call your FloriFence contractor immediately to stop the problem in its tracks. You will only need to replace the posts that have been affected, but certain types of wood rot can spread if left untreated. Call your FloriFence contractor immediately to ensure the problem stays small instead of multiplying.
Wood rot is never fun to deal with, but it doesn’t have to be a catastrophe with FloriFence. Call us today to learn more about what you can do to prevent or fix a wood rot problem.