Installing a wooden fence can serve many purposes for a homeowner. They can serve an aesthetic purpose as they are generally more visually appealing than other types of fences as well as serving as a border for your home keeping kids in, dogs out, and giving you privacy. At Secure Fence and Rail, we want to make sure your fence lasts as long as possible so here are some tips on keeping your fence looking brand new for years to come.
For any wooden objects that are exposed to the elements, the ideal types of wood are cedar and redwood because they are more resistant to rot and decay than other species. So for fences, which will be exposed sun, wind, rain, and any other type of weather in your area, these are generally the two types of wood you want.
Cedar and redwood are more expensive than using pine or fir but it may be worth the price in the long term. Pine and fir wood are commonly treated with CCA, an insecticide preservative, and with water-repellant stain that will increase the life and durability of the wood. But cedar contains natural oils that are a deterrent to insects and make the wood rot-resistant.
The most expensive type of wood is redwood both because of its quality look, even in an unfished state, and because it’s the most resistant wood to insect attacks and rot. The wood is also known for its stability as it is less prone to cracking and warping when exposed to moisture than other types of softwoods. While it’s the wood most resistant to rot, it can do so if moisture gets into the wood and stays there. But if properly cared for, a redwood fence could last you a lifetime.
If you are building a wooden fence, it’s a good idea to get pressure treated wood for posts. Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood helping to protect the wood from termites, insects, and fungal decay. Because posts go into the ground, pressure treatment will protect the posts, which will undoubtedly be susceptible to insects and moisture, from significant damage.
You can find pressure treated wood as it will be indicated with a label or stamp. If you are building a picket fence, pressure treatment will not be necessary because the wood stays above ground.
Another way to preserve your fence is to apply wood preservatives which will seal it and keep it from rotting. Without applying wood preservatives, the wood may warp or split within the first year of installation as it dries. In five to eight years, the fence may begin to start leaning. However, the fence should last between 10 and 15 years.
Think of wood preservatives like car wax. Wax protects your car from the natural elements to which it will unquestionably be exposed. Likewise, wood preservatives will protect your wood from the natural elements like wind, rain, and sun as well as objects you may use to maintain a well-manicured property like sprinklers.
Another option to protect your fence from water and sun is to coat the wood in exterior stain. Included in the ingredients of the stain are resins and oils. These carry pigments that add color to the wood and shield it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and additives which improve the finish performance and make the stain easier to apply. These are entered into the wood fibers which will protect your fence from water and the sun.
It should be noted that if you have pressure treated wood, adding a sealant will be unnecessary due to the fact that the wood being pressure treated means that it has already been injected with the necessary preservatives that the sealant adds.
A wooden fence can be a great addition to your home. It can be aesthetically pleasing while serving practical purposes such as keeping kids in the yard, keeping stray animals outside the yard, and giving your home the privacy you desire. And if you properly care for your fence, it can last you many years. So if you are planning on installing a fence on your property in the future, make sure to following these guidelines which will ensure your fence stays in great shape for years to come.