Repairing a Wood Fence Once Winter Is Over

Repairing a Wood Fence Once Winter Is Over

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Winter is in full swing, pummeling homeowners' wood fencing with cloud loads of snow, ice, and slush. Though these wood fences can take the beating, there's a good chance that they could be in pretty rough shape once the thaw sets in. Moisture is wood's number one enemy, after all, causing it to split, crack, rot, and/or warp, thus making it a safety hazard.

Here are a few ways of repairing a wooden fences once the winter's over.

Power Washing
There are a few things homeowners need for repairing a wooden fence. The first is preparation. They should begin by raking leftover leaves and debris from the fall away from the fence, which will prevent any more unnecessary damage. Next, homeowners should powerwash their fence, which will remove the surface level of dead cells to reveal a fresh layer of wood.

Repairing
Once the fence can breathe again, homeowners should make any necessary repairs. Split and broken pieces of wood should be glued (with waterproof wood glue) back together. Loose boards should be tightened with screws. Lastly, gates and doors should be realigned with turnbuckles.

Staining
Once wooden fences have been powerwashed and repaired, they need to be stained using an exterior semitransparent oil stain. This will seal the wood, but also display its beautiful grain and color variations. Plus, the stain's pigments will also enrich the fence's color. Just be sure to choose a stain, sealant, or paint that has ultraviolet inhibitors, which slow down any bleaching the sun does.

Wooden fences can take a beating, but that's no excuse to leave them beaten. If homeowners fail to maintain their wooden fences, they could eventually rot, fall into disrepair, and need replacing. Then, without wood privacy fences, how else will homeowners have a barrier around their yard? These tips, though, will prevent that from happening.

If you have any questions about repairing a wooden fences, feel free to ask in the comments.

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