A wooden fence is an investment of time and money. Because of this investment, you will try to keep it in pristine condition as much as possible. If you know how to care for a wooden fence, it can literally lasts for decades. There is nothing quite like the natural beauty and warmth of real wood. Unfortunately, as a natural product, it does not deal well with exposure to natural elements. The weather is an enemy of wood, and you have to give it proper protection. Thankfully, once you understand what the problems that your fence can face are and why they are there, caring for your fence becomes reasonably easy. Let’s take a look at what you can expect will attack your fence, and how you can protect it as much as possible.
Your wooden fence will have two main enemies. The first major problem is dry rot, the second one being wet rot. If you do not treat it, both dry and wet rot will truly ravage your fence, sometimes in a very quick space of time. Thankfully, you will find that protecting your fence against both these issues is very easy. Dry rot is the most common issue to attack fences. Dry rot happens when the oils inside the wood are loosened due to water getting to them. This process causes the wood to completely dry out, which in turn means it is very easy to snap and break. With wet rot, moisture is in contact with wood continuously. This most commonly happens where the posts meet the ground.
In order to prevent your fence becoming affected by wet or dry rot, you must stain it. Make sure you stain your fence the minute you put it up. The best stains are either solid or semi-transparent. Since natural wood is protected by bark, you have to provide a new kind of protection, as the bark is removed during the lumbering process. A tree is full of natural and soft fibers, and these become fully exposed to the elements without this bark or stain. A good quality wood stain is the best alternative to a natural bark. Keep your wooden fence protected by staining it once a year. Last but not least, make sure that your fence is always clear of debris. Leaves in particular trap moisture, which can mean your fence will be affected by wet or dry rot much quicker. By doing these simple things, your fence should really be able to stand the test of time.