Regular maintenance is necessary to keep a wooden fence in good condition and increase its lifespan. Here are some maintenance tasks you should consider for a wooden fence:
Inspect your fence regularly: Walk both sides of your fence perimeter on a regular basis and check for any signs of damage such as cracks, splits, warping, or rotting. Repair any damage as soon as possible to prevent further damage and to ensure the continued security of your property. Especially if your wooden fence is meant to keep pets contained, keeping your fence strong and in good repair is important.
Clean your fence: Use a power washer or a scrub brush to remove dirt, mildew, and stains from your fence. A mild solution of water and bleach can also be used to remove stubborn stains which make your fence less attractive.
Apply a sealant: A properly applied protective sealant or stain will help prevent water damage, rotting, and discoloration. FloriFence can help you select a product that is appropriate for the humid Florida climate.
Trim nearby vegetation: Trim back any plants or trees that are growing close to your fence to prevent them from causing damage or shading your fence. Here’s a tip for the many recent newcomers to Florida: this is a good project to undertake well in advance of Florida’s hurricane season, which begins in June, as tree-trimming services book up quickly at the approach of storm season.
Keep the area around the fence clean: Remove debris, leaves, and other materials that can accumulate around the base of your fence, as they can trap moisture and promote rotting, significantly weakening your fence.
By following these maintenance tips, you can keep your wooden fence in good condition and protect your investment for years to come. Consult with FloriFence if you are interested in installing a wooden fence on your property or need maintenance with an existing fence.