You have invested both time and money into a wooden fence. It is for this reason that you will want to make sure it stands the test of time. If you know how to care for a wooden fence, it can literally lasts for decades. Nothing is quite as beautiful, natural and warm as a real wooden fence. However, it is a natural product, which also means it is exposed to natural elements. You particularly have to protect your wooden fence from the weather. 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 review the main issues that your fence will have to come into contact with and some of the best ways to provide protection.
There are two main issues that will really damage your fence. 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, it is very easy to ensure your fence is fully protected against both issues. Dry rot is the most common issue to attack fences. Dry rot occurs when the oils inside the wood are loosened due to water getting in. The consequence is that wood dries out without oils and becomes very brittle. With wet rot, the issue is that the wood is in constant contact with water. You are most likely to see this at the point where the posts meet the ground.
In order to make sure your fence doesn’t fall victim to wet or dry rot, you should stain it. As soon as the fence gets built, you should stain it. You can choose either a semi-transparent or a solid stain. Because the tree’s natural protection, its bark, is removed during the lumbering process, you have to give it a new kind of protection. If you don’t stain your fence, which no longer has any bark, the soft natural fibers inside will become fully exposed to the elements. A good quality wood stain is the best alternative to a natural bark. You have to stain the wood at least once a year to keep it protected. Lastly, make sure you remove any debris from your fence. Leaves in particular trap moisture, which can mean your fence will be affected by wet or dry rot much quicker. These simple steps should ensure your fence lasts for as long as it should do.