Fencing for long has been a preferred choice when it comes to the decision of a boundary around homes. Fencing provides many benefits of which most important is privacy if you have a pool in the yard. Moreover, it keeps away stray animals from wandering into your property and also breaks freezing winds into eh winters.
Fencing comes in many styles and material choices. Pre-made panels that come in different heights and styles can be chosen over custom fence. However, no matter what the styles, fence posts must be protected from various factors such as weather and humidity that cause fences to go grey or crack up.
Here are some tips that will help you in protecting your fencing:
1. A great option to protect fences if staining or painting in different color choices. Fences often turn grey due to wear from environment which can be protected by painting the fences with a few coats of stain and sealer. Stains mixed with sealer are also available and save time and effort spent in painting various coats. However, wooden materials must be prepared before applying any stain. To be accurate, you can follow the instructions in the manual.
2. A threatening element for fences is winter and accompanying snow that leaves fences wet longer than they should be. The fences in cold areas must be protected with several layers of oil based stain as they don’t get much warm in the day time. The gaps in between fences should also be kept clean as they may become filled with leaves and moisture may get trapped.
3. Temperature takes it tools on the wood and fences may expand and contract in winters due to drastic changes in temperature. The contraction and expansion of wood causes knothole to appear in fences. The knotholes are an attractive place for insects and otherwise very unattractive for the fence. The selection of wood can help eliminate such problems.
4. Among other issues that arise from temperature change, frosting is another enemy of fences. Fence posts may start to frost and the whole structure may be compromised. To avoid such problems, fences must be put deeper into the ground to provide proper harness and stability. Deeper fence posts do not shift and sway even when they get frosted. Another strong hold option is to use cement for holding the posts which stays put in almost all kinds of climate.
5. Winter also takes its toll on trees which lose branches due to the burden of accumulated snow. These branches can fall off and cause damage to fences. To avoid such a fall, branches of trees that are directly above the fences must be trimmed off before winter starts. It might also be a good idea to monitor the snow and to shake off branches once in a while during winters.
6. Broken pickets are another trouble maker for fences. They cause the fences to become unstable hence you must keep an eye for broken pickets in your garden fences. As soon as broken picket is found, it must be replaced with a new one. Home improvement stores offer pickets if you are not lucky enough to have some extra ones.
7. Fences need to stay dry in order to be strong and damage free. Water accounts for most of the damage in fences near plants as they accumulate moisture from heavy rains. Shrubs and plants don’t let the fences to be dried out easily. A good choice is to remove any pants near the fence so that they stay dry.