As you can imagine, the answer is yes. Should you really maintain your wood fence? There is plenty of beauty in a weathered wood fence, with its silvery color, deep grooves, and even some “decorative” lichen. Even if that aesthetic is your goal, you should not let it be that way for long if you want to gain the full benefits of what your wood fence can give you.
What’s Involved in Maintaining a Wood Fence?
There actually isn’t much to maintaining a wood fence. It is more or less work, depending on how well you care for it. For example, it will be a lot less work to clean a fence if you have already been sealing it every two or three years. It will be more if you never touched it and let mold, lichen, and more grow on it.
All in all, typical wood fence maintenance looks like:
- Hosing the fence down
- Cleaning and sealing the fence every few years
- If necessary, sanding and repairing the fence
You can wash the fence with a garden hose, a pressure washer on a low setting, or with good old-fashioned elbow grease and diluted dish soap. Wood fence sealants can be clear or have an opaque or solid stain to give it the look you desire. Over time, rotted fence pickets, posts, or rails need replacing.
What Happens If You Maintain Your Wood Fence?
You Save A Lot of Money
It’s easy to let your wood fence exist as is, but putting in that bit of outdoor maintenance will save you a lot of money. It will enable your fence to last a lot longer; your care can extend your fence’s structural integrity by many years.
Your Border Is More Secure
A wood fence is not the end-all-be-all of home security, but it does an excellent job of keeping critters and people off your property while keeping pets and children within bounds. With a privacy fence, your home will also be a sanctuary. A rotting wood fence will sag and let gaps open.
You Maintain Great Curb Appeal
Of course, your fence will also look spick and span, staying as beautiful and fresh as ever. If you intend to sell your home, a solid fence is a selling point.
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