Making Certain Your Wooden Fence Stands The Test Of Time

Owning a wooden fence means an investment of both time and money. As such, you want to make sure that it won’t break down or rot before your very eyes. If you know how to care for a wooden fence, it can literally lasts for decades. A real wooden fence gives you unsurpassed beauty and warmth. Unfortunately, wood can easily be damaged by constant exposure to natural elements. The weather is an enemy of wood, and you have to give it proper protection. Thankfully, it isn’t overly difficult or intensive to care for your fence, particularly once you really understand what sort of problems your fence can face and why. Let’s review the main issues that you are likely to come across and how you can make sure that your wooden fence will be fine.

There are two main issues that will really damage your fence. The first major problem is dry rot, the second one being wet rot. Both wet and dry rot are absolute killers, destroying your fence completely in a really short space of time. Thankfully, it is very easy to ensure your fence is fully protected against both issues. Most people focus mainly on dry rot, as that is the most common problem. Dry rot happens when water has gotten into the wood, loosening up the oils. 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.

The first thing you have to do in order to stop your fence from being susceptible to dry and wet rot is stain it. As soon as the fence gets built, you should stain it. The best stains are either solid or semi-transparent. You have to understand that wood, in its natural form, is protected by bark, but the bark is stripped off when it is turned into a fence. 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. Basically, when you stain your wooden fence, you give it back some of its bark. In order for your wood to last, you have to make sure it is stained at least once a year. Lastly, to protect your fence, make sure you always remove any debris. Leaves in particular trap moisture, which can mean your fence will be affected by wet or dry rot much quicker. This is really all it takes to make sure your wood fence can withstand the elements.