Outdoor implements, like a fence, are part of a yearly routine to check if they are still in good condition.
Your fence is the first line of protection for your home and it is built there to stay for good. But you will be responsible for its upkeep in order to serve its purpose.
Having a minor repair now will save you from a fence replacement in the future–which is more costly.
Keeping your fence in tip-top shape is something you need to focus on at least yearly.
Here at Birmingham Decking and Fencing Pro, we provide fence maintenance services. Since fences are made of different materials, the amount of upkeep also varies.
But if you want it looking great amidst all weathers, check any issues your fence have and fix them right away.
What are the steps involved in fence maintenance?
- Wooden fence needs staining to protect from getting rotten.
- Iron or aluminium fences need painting
- Apply rustproofing for iron fences
- Check the fence base, whether it is wood or concrete, to keep the stability of the fence
- Remove weeds and grass and tree root undergrowth. Roots can destroy the fence foundation.
Fences made of wood products should be pressure treated before they are put up. You can buy pressure-treated wood beforehand so that when it’s delivered, fitters can readily build them. Using untreated wood will leave it vulnerable to damage. And once you let it touch the ground, it will be exposed to bugs, cracks, and warps.
The hot winds during summer are things to look out for, especially since the fence is exposed to sunlight. This will tarnish the wood surface quickly if the wood is not treated correctly.
Conduct maintenance every summer to ensure that the wood is strong enough against the sun and won’t fade or crack too soon.
Staining the wood also helps protect the material from water from rain and snow. During these months, the wood will be exposed and drenched with water and moisture and will crack due to pressure.
Apply a sealing compound apart from staining. Painting the wood is also a way of protecting it and making it last.
Having a dirty fence will make your property like an abandoned place.
A dirty fence is an indication of a lack of regard for orderliness and aesthetics. If you have an iron fence uncleaned for years, it will be covered with rust, weeds, and all kinds of dirt harboured from sun and rain. If the base of your iron fence is concrete, it will be covered with moss.
Clean the base and the fence with soap and water and let it dry before planning to paint. Ensure that the rust has been scraped off before applying paint.
PVC fences are easy to clean. Soap and water will do. And this type of material is impervious to specific microorganism attacks, unlike wood which is much vulnerable to all kinds of damage.
However, fences made of PVC can warp to extreme weather and fade from sun exposure.
Grass, weeds, and vines will likely cover your wood or chain link fence if they are built directly on the ground. And even when you are successful in cleaning these up and have removed the weeds entirely, cleaning should be done on a regular basis because plants will only grow back.
While your fence serves as the first line of security, it should not look shabby and abandoned. It won’t also give a good impression on how you maintain your home’s architectural and aesthetic integrity.
Fence damage can start with a small scratch or tiny spots of rust. Whatever type of fence is built on your property, it is essential to look out for these small messes, as they can spread if left unattended.
For an iron fence, its number one enemy is rust. Scrape the speck of rust immediately and apply a rust treatment before the rust eats away all of the iron.
When you have no idea how to treat rust, call someone skilled in cleaning fences. Your fence installers most likely are the ones who can recommend tips on treating a rusted fence.
For wooden fences, don’t allow any plank or slab to get rotten. Rotten wood will be eaten away slowly. Don’t wait for the time when all slabs get affected.
Also check for loose nails or screws and fixed them tightly. Wobbly connections will weaken the fence especially against strong winds.
For vinyl fences, inspect the caps and make sure that they are still intact.
Fencing is another home investment that should be given importance as it will affect the integrity and appearance of your entire property.
If you don’t know how to take care of this costly investment, we do. Birmingham Decking & Fencing Pro believe that building customer’s trust is continuing an excellent service that’s why we want to ensure your fence is in good condition.
No matter how you want your decking project to last a long time, it needs maintenance and repair along the way.
Reach out to us if you have more queries on fencing upkeep. Choose us to be your decking and fencing provider for the years to come.
Call us anytime if you think it’s time for a cleanup.