If you are thinking of installing a wood fence this spring, now is the time to get started. A fence is a great way to give your property a definite border. If you have pets or kids, it will also allow them to play safely. Wood fences also have a classic and rustic look to any property that many adore. While wood fences are not known for their longevity compared to other fencing materials, the proper care goes a long way when it comes to the wood. Here are the ins and outs of caring for your wood fence.
Choose The Right Kind of Wood For Your Wood Fence
Many a newly constructed wood fence is made of cedar or redwood. This is because this type of wood is more resistant to decay and rot than a lot of other species. While they are not a strong as Douglas fir, which is typically used in framing a house, the are ideal for facing the elements. Also, use pressure treated posts for your fence, as these stick into the ground which makes them vulnerable
Care For Your Wood Fence
Within a year after your fence is first installed, the wood may begin to warp or split as it dries. In five to eight years the fence might possibly begin to lean, but with proper care can last 10 to 15 years overall. Using a wood preservative will go a long way toward preventing your fence from rotting. When you apply a wood preservative it helps to protect your fence from spring rain, winter snow, sprinkler water, and everything in between.
Smart Fence Tips
Keep sprinklers away from your fence, as this water can make a fence rot faster. Bushes and vines should also be kept off of the fence. While many people imagine and love the classic look of a wooden fence covered in vines, these can actually help to bring your fence down. The less weight and moisture on a wood fence the better. Vines not only add weight but can add moisture to your fence.
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Whether you want a brand new patio in the spring or want to install a beautiful new wood fence, Freedom Fence and Home has the expertise, competitive prices, and professional service you need. Freedom Fence and Home has over 50 years of fencing experience in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area and we pride ourselves on giving our customers the best customer service experience possible. To see examples of our work and pick the right fence for your home, visit us online. To get started on planning your project, give us a call at (443) 271-6841 or visit us online. For more information, tips, and updates about Freedom Fence and Home, follow us on Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.