A fence is a great way to give your home a definite border. It not only has fantastic utility but it also increases the value of your home. Adding a fence to your home is a great all-around decision. Over time, however, the fencing can start to change. Dirt and weather will turn the wood grey. If you fail to properly care for your fence, you could be left with a damaged fence that will cost you more money than you expected. With the following tips, you can ensure that your home’s fencing will continue to stand and provide natural appeal for many years. O’Leary and Sons also offers great Fencing Repair and replacement options.
Know how to make your Fence Last Longer
- Regular cleaning- The first step in maintenance of your fence is to clean and remove all mildew. You can use a power washer for cleaning your fence. While cleaning with pressure washer, make sure that the pressure of power washer is not more than 1500 to 2000 pounds per square inch. The nozzle should be 18 inches away from your fence. Also, don’t wash a particular area for a long time as can remove layers which can expose the wood that shouldn’t be exposed. You can use a solution of 1 quart of oxygen bleach and 3 quarts of water on your fence if there is dirt and mildew growth on your fence. O’Leary and Sons offers professional power washing so you don’t need to do it yourself, you can call and schedule an appointment!
- Inspect your fence regularly- Regularly check all of the pickets of your fence to ensure that no nails have popped out or that none of them is rotted. Use a hammer to tighten the loose nails and if a picket is rotting, replace it with new one. Address broken boards and leaning posts as soon as possible. Keep grass away from your fence as it can spread rot to your fence. Check your fence for any knotholes. If there are any, fill them by using wood filler to prevent insects or birds from moving in. Extreme heat will cause the ground to dry and crack which will create space between the ground and cement around the fence. Water daily around your fence to solve this problem.
- Stain your fence regularly- Applying stain to your fence is an important part of your fence maintenance. Staining your fence will protect your fence from moisture and elements and it will increase your fence’s life. Different types of stain work better in different environments. Therefore be sure to use a stain that is made for your climate.
- Keep plants away from your fence- When topsoil, grass blades and shrubbery come in contact with your wood fence, they make path for insects like terminates to find your fence.
O’Leary and Sons Inc is ready to tackle the problems you may be having with your fence. Professional services by licensed contractors will ensure high quality materials and work, and a stress free repair. Contact today to schedule a visit from a professional!