Erecting a fence can be very useful in keeping the animals from straying inside your compound. A fence can also identify the property line and it can be very useful in providing you some privacy if you have a swimming pool or a hot tub in your yard. Moreover, when it’s winter, fences can act as barriers to the freezing winds from entering your house.
Fencing can be of different styles from different materials. There are also premade sections of fencing which are of different styles and heights. No matter which wood you use for the fence post, it should be protected from several elements or it would turn grey and might even crack or warp.
Here are some tips that will help you in protecting your fencing:
1. Staining or painting your wooden fence can be a great way to protect your fence. A few coats of stain from a good sealer would be the best way to protect your fence from turning grey. You can also use stains that are already mixed with sealers in it, which can save your time by staining and sealing simultaneously. But before you begin staining, wood materials must be prepared first. To be accurate, you can follow the instructions in the manual.
2. Winter might be a big threat to your fence. Snows will bring extra moisture to your wooden fence which won’t dry out easily. Since there will not be much warm days during winter; you have to make sure the fence is properly protected with oil based stain. You should always keep the gaps between the fences clean. Snow and fallen leaves will bring more moisture, which makes the wood even weaker.
3. The temperature will be very unstable during winters. There might be extreme cold and a sudden rise in the temperature. Contraction and expansion of the wood will take place because of this and knotholes might appear on your fence. It will not only look unattractive but will also make places for pests to hide. So, in the first place, you need to be aware of the wood you use for the fence.
4. When there is frost, your fence posts start frosting. This might cause the entire fence structure to become compromised. So, when you install a fence post, you have to put it deeper under the ground. This will prevent your posts from shifting and stay stable even when there is frost. Another way to keep your fence firm is to use cement to hold the posts firmly. This will make it stay strong during any climate.
5. Generally during winter, as snow loads onto a tree, its branches might fall on your fence and cause damage to the fence. The best solution to this problem is to trim the branches of trees that are directly above the fence, before the winter starts. This might be a good idea just to monitor the situation during winter time.
6. You have to keep looking for damages in your garden fencing because there can be broken pickets in between the fences. Broken pickets will make the fence unstable, thereby revoking the ability to withstand severe climates. So, as soon as you find a broken picket, you have to replace them with a new one. You are lucky if you already happen to have extra pickets. However, you can get pickets from all the home improvement stores around your neighbourhood.
7. Water is one of the biggest enemies of wooden fences. When there are shrubs and bushes near your fence, it is better to cut them off, because after a heavy rain, fences need to dry out quickly. When there are shrubs, they won’t let the fence dry easily.
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