As a homeowner, you installed a wood fence for its natural beauty. But as the years pass, wood can deteriorate regardless of constant maintenance. Wood will eventually break down. So, check out these signs before determining your fence needs another coat of paint or stain.
Visible Rotten Wood
While rotten pieces of wood can be updated, many areas of deterioration and damage will not be good with a coat of stain. Also, look out where your wood fence meets the ground, as this is where rotten areas will most likely stand out due to the wood’s closeness to the ground’s moisture. In addition, the fence at the bottom should get additional TLC during maintenance to preserve it to the max.
Windy weather days will impact your fence after years of withstanding the seasons. Additionally, your fence will begin to lean in areas due to the general structure losing important strength. Although you can replace a panel or two and a few posts, you may need to hire a fencing company to install a new fence.
Cracks in Your Wood Fence
Moreover, before you determine your fence needs another coat of paint or stain, make sure you inspect cracks in your wood fence. The cracks in your fence result from the rain, sun, and cold producing vulnerable areas. Unfortunately, stained and painted wood will break down due to aging. Also, split and warped boards will eventually lead to structural problems with your wood fencing.
A handful of missing or loose nails or screws is no significant deal. Still, as you continue to replace them, those wooden areas will eventually deteriorate and become unable to support a new fastener. The bad news is that there’s no point in adding new nails or screws to aging wood.
Next time your fence needs another coat of paint or stain, ask yourself if replacing or fixing your wood fencing is more cost-effective. You’ll have to pay for repairs or DIY, even with constant maintenance and staining. So, keep this in mind as costs add up.
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