fence maintenanceIn western North Carolina, installing the best fences is our area of expertise at Asheville Fence. Installing a fence is a major project that will require a significant amount of time and hard work, but it’s a worthwhile investment in your home. 

Although the fences we build are designed to last for many years, proper maintenance is necessary to ensure your fence lasts for many years. Sun exposure, water damage, wood rot, and rust are all elements that contribute to fence deterioration over time. However, regular maintenance is the most efficient way to ensure that your fence lasts as long as possible.

Maintaining a Wood Fence

Wood is one of the most widely used and traditional fence materials. But, because it’s a natural product, wood has some of the biggest upkeep issues. 

For starters, water promotes deterioration and mold growth when not cleaned properly. In addition, wood-destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees can eat through your wood fence over time. 

Finally, the sun can bleach and dry out the wood, which will eventually cause it to split, warp, and crumble. That is why regular maintenance like pressure washing can be beneficial to homeowners that have a wood fence.

Inspecting for Damage on Wood Fencing 

As part of your fence maintenance, make it a routine to walk the whole length of your fence each month to check for damage. Examine the structure for any holes, splinters, slanted posts, loose or broken pickets, and skewed posts. 

Depending on how the fence was built, you may also need to keep an eye out for any loose nails. One advantage of wood fences is that broken or damaged pickets are usually easy to replace, and loose nails can be hammered back into place. 

Spot and Repair Damage Metal Fences

For metal fences, inspect the whole length of the fence for dents, scratches, or other coating penetrations. Check for flaking, peeling, or chipped paint. If you can find it before it rusts, the repair is simple. To begin, remove the flaking paint using a wire brush. 

After cleaning, apply two coats of primer, followed by two coats of rust-proof paint. If the area has already started to corrode, scrape away all of the paint and rust with the wire brush until you reach the clean metal. 

Fence Maintenance Service Hendersonville, NC

Sometimes it’s apparent when a fence needs to be repaired, but other times it might be difficult to decide whether it should be entirely replaced. At Asheville Fence, our specialists are pleased to work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific circumstance and how to make repairs that fit in as naturally as possible with your existing set-up. 

Contact us for more information on how we can restore and secure the surroundings of your Hendersonville home.