There are many benefits to installing a timber fence to surround your garden. It will help to make your outside space look neat and tidy, you can decorate it to suit your style and it enables you to enjoy more privacy. Wooden garden fences do require some maintenance throughout the year to ensure they last as long as possible and stay looking presentable, but you’ll be pleased to hear that by following just three easy steps, the upkeep is entirely manageable.
Keep reading to find out our top tips for maintenance…
1) Keep them clean
The different seasons and weather they each bring can begin to take their toll on your timber fencing, contributing to either rot or sun damage. Once winter is over, be sure to remove any unwanted moss or mildew from your fencing which has built up over time. All you need to use is water, a scrubbing brush and a little elbow grease. You can use a pressure washer if you have one, or hire one for the day from a local supplier. It is best to test the pressure on a small piece of wooden fence first to avoid any long lasting damage. For more stubborn patches of moss you can add some vinegar to your water mix. Also be sure to clear away any leaves or waste which collects near the base of your timber fencing.
2) Treat them properly
What you want to avoid at all costs is the possibility of rotting. We recommend that you treat your timber fencing annually by coating it with a sealant. This will minimize the risk of your wooden fencing absorbing water and will add protection from anything else which could harm it. There are many different types available on the market which vary in price. It is best to opt for one of the well-known brands and choose one at a mid-range price to ensure the product is of good quality. It is also wise to ask advice from your supplier.
3) Fix any damages
Something you will need to do on an ad-hoc basis is check your timber fence panels and posts for damages. Every now and then whilst enjoying your garden, or perhaps hanging out your laundry, try to remember to do a quick scan, keeping an eye out for breakages or any signs of rotting. These need to be fixed swiftly to prevent any long-term damage and although you may want to avoid replacing a whole panel because of the cost, it is better to be proactive to prevent further costs down the line.
So there we have it, some simple tips to ensure you can enjoy your timber fence for years to come. For more information on our range of wooden and timber fencing, please give us a call on 01409 231763.