Fences provide protection for your property, while also offering a decorative element to your home. While there are many different types of fences, each will require some form of maintenance at some point. Here we look at the most common types of fences, with tips to help keep them well maintained.
Many homeowners opt for wood fences. They offer more privacy, come in many different styles and can be customized using various stains and decorative features. However, they are also quite expensive and are more high maintenance than other types of fences. It also depends on the type of wood used. It all begins with the right stain to protect your fence from the ravages of the sun, rain, and ice.
Ideally, you want to do this with the help of a professional to ensure the stain is applied properly. This will ensure the stain is absorbed into the wood. For example, stain applied in direct sunlight in the heat of the afternoon can actually evaporate so it isn’t able to penetrate the wood. Once your stain is applied, you’re looking at reapplying the stain every two years or so. To keep your fence looking its best, a good washing with a pressure washer each year is best. Be sure to use 1,500 to 2,000 psi to make quick work of the dirt, while avoiding removing the stain. You can also choose to apply a mildew cleaning solution using a scrub brush to keep mildew at bay.
If you are looking for a low-maintenance fence, chances are you’ve chosen vinyl. New products are now available in just as many styles and colours as wood allowing you to customize your fence to complement your home and property. The beauty of vinyl is that it is resistant to moisture and also won’t splinter, warp, crack or rot like wood or rust like some metal fences. Nothing could be easier to care for, but it still requires a bit of work each year. A good spray down with a hose often does the job. You can also use the same psi pressure washer as wood to remove dirt.
Aluminum fences offer the traditional look of wrought iron, making it a popular choice for historical homes. However, modern designs are also becoming popular. They can be quite low maintenance as well as they have durable finishes that make upkeep much easier. In fact, a good rinse with a garden hose every now and then to remove dirt and debris is all it takes. If you notice a build-up that won’t rinse off, just use a sponge with mild dish soap to apply more pressure. Avoid using anything abrasive on the fence as you might damage the finish.
Iron fencing offers a very high-end look and has a price to match. However, it is also a very low-maintenance fence option in both wrought iron and steel. Advancements in multilayered coating processes allow the iron to withstand everything the elements can throw at it. However, if you really want to avoid rust, you can apply a protective coat of wax each year. A mild detergent and water will make short work of any accumulated dirt and debris. As your fence ages, pay close attention to rust spots. These areas will need to be removed with sandpaper or steel wool and then repainted. If not, your entire fence is at risk of rusting out.
If your fence is older, you might need to invest in repairs. If this is the case, and the integrity of your property is at risk, you can consider a temporary fence rental. The fencing is easy to install and can help mark your property if parts of the fence have to come down and be replaced. Temporary fencing Calgary is sturdy and easy to install. It can even be moved as the fencers make their way around completing their repairs. As well if you are still deciding on what type of fence to install, you can rent temporary fencing. This is a good idea if you have small children or pets you wish to keep contained safely on your property. The fencing can also act as a deterrent for trespassers.
As you can see each type of fencing requires some maintenance. If you don’t mind the work, wood tends to be the preferred choice for homeowners. However, vinyl fences are definitely giving all fencing types a run for their money thanks to their exceptional look in hand with the fact there is practically no maintenance required.
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