A well-built fence should easily stand the test of time and act as a fantastic boundary for your garden. After all, a garden without a fence is open not only to the neighbors’ stares, but also their runaway dogs!
However, it’s not your neighbors (or their dogs) that are going to ruin your fence. Instead, it’s that unpredictable force known as Mother Nature. And she’s going to bring rain, wind, sun and snow throughout the year to test the mettle of your fence.
There’s nothing that instills a sense of disappointment in your garden more than discovering panels have cracked apart or blown halfway down the street; that’s why you need to learn how to make sure your fence is strong, protected and ready to stand for years.
Let’s take a look at how you can achieve this.
Apply Wood Preservatives
The effect of rain beating down upon your fence all year round can be devastating; the result of this moisture penetrating into the wood can leave you with rotten panels which warp and crack. And that’s never an attractive look.
In order to combat the natural elements, you need to apply wood preservative to your fencing. Wood preservative is a chemical solution to all manner of problems that moisture can cause to wooden fencing e.g. wood rot, mold and algae. Just apply a couple of coats to make sure your fence gets a great start in life.
Use Pressure Treated Posts
It’s always recommended that your fence posts are pressure treated to ensure they’re fully protected against the elements lurking in the soil. Because, just think about it, aside from the rigors of moisture, what else do we find lurking in the ground? That’s right, insects and fungus!
Now, these tiny organisms may seem harmless to a big sturdy lump of wood, but when a large number of them are damaging your posts over a period of years, they’re going to significantly weaken the fence’s structure.
Pressure treating eliminates this threat as it forces chemicals into the posts which repel these damaging insects and fungi.
Choose the Wood Carefully
Whilst it’s tempting to go for a cheaper type of wood, spending a few more dollars initially is likely to save you money in the long term.
The best types of wood, and those with the most integrity, are redwood and cedar. Redwood has a natural resistance to rot and insect attacks as well as being very strong, so is less prone to the stress of moisture. Likewise, cedar produces natural oils which help to combat the threat of insects and moisture.
Maintain your Fence
If you want your fence to remain in peak condition then you need to make sure you regularly maintain it.
Applying wood preservatives may seem like hard work, but don’t go thinking that it’s a one off job! It’s not! You need to apply a new coat every 4 – 5 years to help revitalize the wood and ensure it retains a high level of protection.
Even the most well treated fence posts can experience rot, so it’s essential you carry out regular checks on them. If you notice any rot setting in then it’s time to get to work and reinforce that rotten fence post before the whole fence collapses.