Fences are a relatively low-maintenance investment for the security and comfort they can provide. However, certain factors other than age can determine the lifespan of your fence. We’ve put together a simple maintenance guide specific to each type of common structural material to help you extend the life of your fence.
Cost-effective and versatile, with intermittent maintenance necessary.
- Apply a protective coating immediately upon getting a new fence by staining or painting it.
- Routinely check for broken or missing panels, missing or loose nails and screws, and damaged hinges and wood. Check that weight-bearing posts are holding up and reinforce them as necessary. Lubricate metal locks and hinges.
- Scrub with soap and water for basic cleaning. Pressure wash for heavier cleaning.
- Fence can be pressure washed, scraped, and repainted every 2-3 years.
- Pressure washed and restain every 5 years.
Elegant style and visually attractive design, with little to medium maintenance necessary.
- Rinse with a hose. Work upward and back down to prevent dirt from dripping and streaking. Sponge with mild soap and water for residual spots and rinse immediately with clean water.
- Avoid abrasives, solvents, and harsh chemicals.
- Tighten any loose screws and lubricate hinges.
Premium enclosure and privacy-enhancing, with little maintenance necessary.
- Simply rinse with a hose. For tougher stains, use a gentle bleach scrubbing cleanser such as SoftScrub and a soft cloth on white vinyl, and opt for bleach-free alternatives for colored vinyl.
- If the wear is more severe, power washing may be a more effective method of removing stains and caked-on dirt.
- Vinyl fences require very little maintenance, but check gate posts and hinges every several months to make sure all parts are intact.