While wood fencing is classic and beautiful, it does require regular maintenance to keep it in top shape. If you have a wood fence that was installed by Texarkana Fence, one of the top-rated fence companies in Nash, TX it may be time for a little maintenance. Take care of your investment and keep your fence looking great by following these five tips:
# 1 – Closely Inspect Your Fence
The first step in maintaining your Texas wood fence is to take a walk along your fence line and check for any damage or rot. Make sure you check out both sides of your fence and note any areas that you may find. The variable weather in Texas can be harsh on a wood fence, so check for damaged boards or posts as well as peeling, chipping, or paint and damaged hardware.
You’ll also want to make sure that the fence boards and posts are still firmly in the ground. Gently shake them to ensure that they are still secure and strong. At the same time, check that your gates are still functioning properly and the latches are tight.
# 2 – Note Any Fence Repairs Needed
While you are inspecting your fence, be sure to take notes of any broken or split boards or signs of rot. Taking care of these problems quickly will keep your fence in good working order and avoid costly repairs down the road. Individual boards or posts that have cracked, warped, or have rot can easily be replaced with minimal effort and cost.
Doing small repairs can be a rewarding experience if you enjoy do-it-yourself projects. However, Texarkana Fence, a top-rated fence company in Nash, TX, is ready to help if your repairs are beyond your ability or you are unsure of how to proceed with the repairs that are needed. If you do have any questions, then please give us a call!
# 3 – Remove Stains or Dirt from your Wood Fence
Wood fences are definitely the most susceptible to the buildup of dirt and grime, so you should routinely check for dirt, mold, mildew, or other stains. Taking the time to resolve these issues quickly will keep them from spreading to other parts of your fence and becoming a bigger problem.
To remove dirt, grime, or mold, we suggest spraying your Texas wood fence with a hose. For areas that might have more ground in dirt or debris you can use a brush with a gentle cleanser to help lift some of the more stubborn stains. Using a pressure washer can be a good way to remove buildup, but be sure not to use anything higher than 1500-2000 PSI on wood fences, and use an angular tip to fan out the water spray. It’s easier to take care of these stains when they are small and manageable, so frequently check your fence and immediately take care of any spots you may find.
# 4 – Clean Up Surrounding Landscaping
Leaving adequate space between bushes or shrubs along your fence, is the best practice when it comes to the landscaped areas on your property. This increases airflow and reduces the chance of mold and mildew growth. Pay special attention to any overhanging tree limbs or damaged branches, and trim them to reduce the chance of them breaking and damaging your fence.
# 5 – Protect and Refresh your Fence with Stain or Paint
Typically, your fence will need to be restained or repainted every two to three years. Carefully evaluate the condition of your fence’s stain or paint on a regular basis. Recoat your fence as soon as you see any deterioration, as this will keep your fence protected and looking new. This is an easy do-it-yourself project, but be sure to contact the Texas wood fence experts at Texarkana Fence for the best procedures and products to refinish your fence.
Protection with Pre-Stained Wood
A pre-stained wood fence may be a good option if you want a wood fence that requires less maintenance. Pre-Stained wood fences come with a more even color and have a deeper seal for more protection. Pre-staining eliminates much of the maintenance that is typical for regular wood fences. By choosing a pre-stained fence, installation goes a little more efficiently, making it a good choice if you don’t want the hassle of staining your fence after.
Your Top Rated Fence Company in Nash, TX is Here to Help!
If you follow all of the above-mentioned tips, and realize that rather than repairing your fence you actually need a new one, our friendly staff is here to help you and guide you through the process. We are happy to talk with you in person, you can call us at (903) 306-1358 or contact us online today!