How long have you had your wood fence? As winter turns to spring, you might notice that the weather outside is getting wetter. Usually, you would think that damp weather only comes from it raining all the time. But snow, ice, and sleet can wreck your fences, too. Rot is a huge problem, so here is how you can stop it.
Use the Right Wood
The first step in helping your wooden fences last longer is to choose the right wood. Cedar, cypress, oak, and redwood, are all examples of hardwoods that make excellent fence materials. If you choose softer wood, you might save some money. The problem is that decay sets in much faster and you may have to end up paying more for repairs or replacements.
Use Pressure Treatment
Pressure treatment also helps wood survive the elements longer. The chemicals used in this process make it so that insects and rot can’t attack the wood as quickly. You can also use pressure treatment on the wooden fence posts that help hold your residential fences up. That way, you can ensure that the support posts can withstand the effects of soil and wind erosion and insect attacks.
Install It Correctly
The installation process matters, too. Although it’s possible to build a fence and install it with the help of a friend, family member, or neighbor, sometimes it’s best to trust the professionals. By doing this, you can make sure that the fences last longer.
Get Rid of Rotted Boards
Sometimes, no matter what you do, your wooden fence will just rot away. In this case, you will have little choice but to replace your fence. However, before you resort to a full-scale replacement, you can remove the boards that have already begun to rot. Once you get rid of the rotted boards, you can replace them with fresh boards and panels that can help boost the curb appeal of your home.
Choose Hercules Fence of Northern Virginia for All of Your Residential and Commercial Fencing Needs
Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you’re excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.