If you have installed a wood fence on your property, you must remain vigilant against fence rot, which weakens the structural integrity of your fence and compromises its security and appearance.
A qualified fencing contractor like FloriFence can help you implement a maintenance routine that will keep your fence in good condition, but here are some factors to remain cautious about to extend the lifespan of your fence.
Moisture: Exposure to moisture is the primary cause of fence rot. When water seeps into the wood or other materials, it can cause them to swell and eventually rot. Moisture can come from rain, sprinklers, or even ground moisture. Give FloriFence a call to get more guidance on selecting a protective stain, sealant, or paint to prevent your fence from rotting.
Insects: Insects such as termites, carpenter ants, and beetles can also contribute to fence rot. These pests can burrow into the wood and create tunnels that allow moisture to penetrate and cause rot. Working with a qualified pest control company is also a good defense against this type of damage to your fence.
Chemical exposure: Exposure to certain chemicals, such as pesticides or herbicides, can also contribute to fence rot. These chemicals can weaken the wood and make it more susceptible to rot. While we just mentioned the importance of pest control for the life of your fence, have a conversation with your service provider to ensure the chemicals they use do not damage your fence.
Improper installation: Poor installation can also lead to fence rot. For example, if the fence posts are not set deep enough or not secured properly, the fence may shift or lean over time, causing stress on the wood and leading to rot. Once again, working with an experienced fencing contractor is key.
Lack of maintenance: A lack of maintenance can also contribute to fence rot. Regular upkeep, such as cleaning, painting or staining, and sealing, can help protect the fence from moisture and other environmental factors that can lead to rot.
If you have concerns about the condition of your wood fence, call us today. It is better to address maintenance issues now than defer them if you want to extend the life of your fence and save money.