Fencing requires the proper maintenance to keep them in excellent condition for as long as possible. During the hot, humid summer days, it becomes even more essential. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of what their fences need. The following will help you take the right steps to keep your fence in good condition.
Watch for Damages
The earlier you find damage to your fence, the easier and less expensive it is to repair. Routinely inspecting your fence visually can help you identify problem areas that require your attention. Exposure to the elements can cause rust, corrosion, and breaks in your fence over time. Growing vines or vegetation along your fence can exacerbate these problems. If you notice anything amiss, get it repaired right away.
Wash and Stain Wood Fences
Wood fences require more care than fences made with other materials. Use a power washer regularly to remove dirt and any other debris on your fence. Evaluate the condition of the stain each time you wash it to help you determine the best time to restain the fence. UV rays can degrade the stain, requiring reapplication. If your fence is painted, watch for peeling paint to indicate when it needs a fresh coat.
Use Caution When Washing Vinyl Fences
Vinyl fences need washing as well, but it’s easier to cause damage if you don’t do it properly. Although vinyl fences are typically lower maintenance than other options, it doesn’t mean the material is maintenance free. While you can still use a pressure washer to wash your vinyl fence, check the pressure carefully. Using too high of a setting will damage your fence materials.
Care for Aluminum Fences
Aluminum fences are another lower maintenance option popular with homeowners. However, they also require specialized attention, particularly during the summer months. For most aluminum fences, hosing them off with water is sufficient to keep them clean. While you hose it down, it’s essential to look for stains or other signs of damage. If the fence is stained, you may need to use a high-quality degreaser or lime cleaner to get your fence into better shape. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully on any products you use.
Use Car Soap on Iron Fences
If you have iron fences anywhere around your home, you may think you don’t need to check on them because of their durability. This isn’t true, however. It’s still essential to check them over for signs of wear to take care of them in a timely manner. When it’s time to clean your iron fence, car soap is the most effective without damaging the iron. Car wax or a special sealant can also help protect your iron fence from wear and tear due to exposure to the elements.
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Western Fence Co. is Utah’s oldest fence company. We are experts in both residential & commercial fencing as well as design and installation of all fencing types including chain link, wrought iron/ornamental iron, other types of ornamental fencing, vinyl, wood, and aluminum.
We also carry and install automatic gate operators and have thousands of fencing products including hardware and fencing panels in stock! We even do custom CNC Plasma Cutting for artwork and railings!
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