A wood fence adds value to a home as well as privacy. It keeps the neighborhood cats out of the garbage cans, and it keeps the kids out of the neighbor’s yards. Fences allow homeowners to have backyard barbecues, swimming parties and get-togethers in the outdoor room without the prying eyes of the neighbors wishing they could come to the party. Fences are great. They do, however, require upkeep, so they will last up to thirty years instead of ten.
Kids are tough on a fence. They climb on them, bounce balls off them, and they can be worse than dogs tunneling under them when they play games. If homeowners want to preserve their wood fence, they can enlist the help of the tunnelers (the two-legged kind) to make sure certain things never get near the fence.
Dirt rising above the cement holding the post contains subterranean termites. Your new wood fence will be like a Hilton to them. Show the kids how to “keep away” the dirt from the posts. The pickets don’t matter, because they are well above ground. Offer the kids a treat for reporting when the dirt gets blown against the posts by weather, play or the neighborhood animals. Simply brushing it away will work.
Planting flowers along the fence line is pretty, but it’s also an open invitation for termites. Mulch is moist with wood chips mixed in; two things termites must have for survival. When it’s placed up against your new wood fence, they just move on up. Plant flowers well away from the fence, bordered by wire or vinyl liners. Termites can’t get to the fence easily.
Vines and Plants
Vines climbing on a fence weaken the wood, no matter how well treated the wood. If vines can tear up bricks on a house, think what it can do to your wood fence. Tree roots arising from underground can adversely affect a fence. Cutting back branches overhanging the fence will prevent insects from gaining access to your fence. Perhaps a trip to an amusement park will inspire the kids to help “keep away” these invasive things from the fence.
Sprinklers hitting the fence invite rot. Rain does, too, but sprinklers work every day and rain doesn’t. The wood will have been treated in the manufacturing process, but daily onslaughts will begin the rotting process. “Keep away” the sprinklers by letting the kids run through it to play. They’ll know if it’s getting too close to the fence. Applying waterproofing to the wood fence as you would your deck goes far toward fighting rot.
Staining your new fence seals the wood, preventing insects and rot from damaging it. Choosing an oil-based stain is better, because the oil repels insects as well as water. Fences bearing oil-based stains tend to last five to ten years longer than raw wood fences. The kids can help stain the fence (if they’re tall enough), because kids love to make a mess. It would be a better idea if you stained the outside facing the road.
When your fence bears the words Long Fence, they bear the symbol of quality and dependability. Since 1945, Long Fence has been the hallmark to which other companies try to compare. We are dedicated to prompt, professional courtesy, quality service and attention to detail and the best value for investment. We are certified by the EPA as Lead Certified Renovators. Homes built before 1978 contained lead in the paint. Their renovation requires safety measures detailed by the EPA, to which we comply. Please contact us for a free estimate.