Pump Life Back Into Your Sun Damaged Wooden Fence in 3 Easy Steps
Posted in: Fencing
Summer may be a beautiful time of the year, but that doesn't mean it's all pleasant breezes and beautiful rainbows. The harsh sunlight, and wicked storms can do some serious damage to wood fences. If they're not taken care of, homeowners may find themselves needing new wood fencing.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your fence. The some 99,939 businesses offering fencing services, which employ about 270,455 people and generate about $51 billion of revenue, know a thing or two about taking care of fences. Here are a few of the tricks they like to use
Get Rid of Creeping Vegetation
First things first, you're going to want to get rid of any vegetation that might be growing around, on, or over the fence. Just be sure to avoid damaging the pickets as you work, since removing them too forcefully can split and pull brackets out of the rails if you're not careful. Some of the brackets may also have come loose over time, so be sure to nail them back in.
Powerwash It Properly
The next thing you're going to want to do is powerwash both sides of the fence with a fan tip sprayer. This removes the layer of dead wood cells, revealing the beautiful, fresh wood just underneath. Be sure to keep it at least 36-inches away, otherwise you might damage your fencing, and use a cleaning solution, too. Once you're done, let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Stain It With a UV Blocker
Now that the fencing has been cleared of all that creeping vegetation and it's back to its healthy state, it's time to apply some protection to it. Brush or spray a UV blocking stainer to it, and make sure it penetrates the surface of the wood. Don't deviate from the stainer's instructions.
This should keep your wood fencing looking great for years to come if you do it right. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.