wood defenderA wood fence can be a great way to give your home’s property privacy and a border. It keeps both kids and pets safely in and stray animals and intruders out. But over time, wooden fences rot away without proper care. 

However, you can make your wood fence last longer with regular maintenance. Typically wood fences are made of cedar or redwood and are more resistant to rot and decay than other types of wood. 

These fences typically last about 15 years, but with proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your wood fence up to 20 years or more. Whether you just finished a new wood fence, are considering installing a wood fence, or have owned one for years, proper care and maintenance are crucial to its long-term performance. 

Fence Maintenance Options Asheville, NC

Building a New Fence

The first choice to make when choosing a wooden fence is the type of wood. Western red cedar and redwood are commonly used for fences because they resist decay and rot, but there are a variety of other wood types available. 

Next, fence posts should always be pressure-treated because they have contact with the ground. This exposure to moisture and insects will cause the wood to rot faster if it is not treated. 

Pickets and vertical boards of the fences don’t need to be pressure-treated because they’re above the ground. Pressure-treated lumber infused with chemicals that help keep water and bugs from damaging the wood. 

When you install a new fence, wait about a year before staining or painting it. This allows time for the wood and chemical used for pressure treating it to dry out. If the fence isn’t dry, you’ll end up sealing moisture in, which can lead to rot and decay. 

It’s important to perform maintenance on your fence every two or three years.

Inspect and Repair Each Year

Once a year, inspect your yard and fence for signs of damage or rot. Replace broken boards, hammer in loose nails, or tighten screws. Check each section of the fence to make sure it’s securely attached to the next one. 

If any sections of the fence are leaning, make sure the posts are seated firmly in the ground. Replace the posts if they’re in poor condition. Inspect the hinges and locks on your gates to make sure they’re secure and lined up properly. 

If you find any splits, cracks, or chips in the wood, use waterproof wood glue to seal the damage. This will prevent moisture from causing deterioration. Also, trim back bushes and vines so they don’t hang on the fence because they add weight and hold on to moisture. 

Clean Every 3 - 5 Years

Every two to three years, clean the wood to remove dirt, moss, mildew and graying. Recoat with a UV inhibiting, water-repellent coating. After making repairs, get rid of any moss or loose, peeling paint until you can see new wood, and clean the fence with a pressure washer. 

To kill mold on the fence and prevent them from growing back, you can mix a solution of 20% bleach to 80% mild detergent and spray it on the fence an hour before washing it. 

Reseal or Paint After Cleaning

Paint or stain should be reapplied every 3 to 5 years, if not sooner. Use exterior oil-based stain or latex paint, which will seal out moisture, prevent wood rot and decay, limit the amount of weathering and extend the life of the wood. 

Let the wood dry for about a week before applying a stain or sealant and use a brush or power sprayer with a tip that is used for staining wood. 

Asheville Fence 

Even though fall is approaching, there’s still plenty of time left to order and install a new wooden fence before the season officially ends. Contact Asheville Fence today and one of our fence installation experts will help you design the perfect wood fence solution to meet your needs and budgets. 

Located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, our staff has years of experience installing fences and has been the “go-to” fence contractor in Asheville. Visit our website to learn more about our business