You love the look of your new wooden fence. The trouble with wood though is that new look can quickly look drab if you do not take care of it properly. So how can you keep your new wood fencing looking fresh? Know what kind of maintenance is required and stay abreast of any problems.

Sealing Your Fence

Wooden fences are very vulnerable to the weather. Moisture is absorbed into fence posts, rails and pickets, which can warp or even rot the wood. The best way to protect your new wooden fencing is to paint or stain it every few years. This may seem like a lot of work but will save you thousands of dollars in fence replacement later on. While using a sprayer may seem faster, it is not the most efficient way of covering fencing. A roller or brush keeps the mess down and also allows you to get into all of those nooks and crannies.

Cleaning Your Fence

Dirt and grime can make a wooden fence look old and tired very quickly. A simple cleaning, however, can bring back its luster and make it appear brand new again. General soap and water and a scrub brush is an efficient way to clean a wooden fence. However, that can be a bit time-consuming. A better option may be to try power washing it. Just be sure to keep the psi at 1,000 or lower to avoid pitting the wood. Adding some deck cleaner to the water will help to lift dirt and grime and make your fence look great. If you notice mold or mildew on any of the pickets or rails, spray the area with a mold cleaner and wipe clean.

General Maintenance for Wooden Fences

Wooden fences are meant to last and continue looking good for years. Of course, that means that you need to maintain it. Here are some tips for keeping your wooden fencing looking its best:

There is nothing like the look of a new wooden fence. Remember, the better you care for your fence, the better it will look.