How to Care For Your Fence

Once you have gone to the expense of having new fences fitted, you want to ensure that they are properly cared for in order to keep them looking as good as new for as long as possible, and ensuring that they stand the test of the time. If your fences are in need of replacement, it may be that no amount of re-painting will make them look appealing. In which case, you will need to know how to care for your new fences.

How to care for your fence will largely depend on the type of fencing that you choose – we take a look at the different types and how to look after them.

Two Types of Fence – Panels and Close Board

There are two popular types of fencing – the panels which generally measure 6 foot and come in one piece that is attached to a fence post at either end. Then there is close board fencing where individual planks are attached to beams which span the length of the fencing structure. How to care for your fence will depend on which you choose…

Close Board Fencing – A Popular Choice

Close board fencing is quickly becoming the most popular type of fencing for British homes and gardens due to its strength and longevity. It also looks great in its natural state and doesn’t need staining like traditional panels unless you have a desire too. Some pressure treated close board fences can be left for 10 or more years before they need treating. There will be some instances where your fencing may need to be sealed – check with the manufacturer as to whether the wood needs sealing or whether it is best left alone.

NB – you should not treat pressure treated woods for at least 3 months. This is because the wood has already been treated and any paint will not adhere to the residue that is left behind.

Some experts recommend not treating pressure treated wood at all as the paint can peel if there is any trapped moisture.

Painting Fence Panels

Fence panels often need treating regularly to ensure that they remain protected. They also look much better when stained. You must use a stain that is designed for use on wood and fence panels though. Not just standard paint. Also choose a good brush – it will make the task much easier. You will also need to choose a dry day to start. Some people prefer to wait for spring when the weather is drier and the summer is on its way.

Before you start, make sure you are fully prepared. When painting or treating fences, you should clean them first. If you don’t you will end up painting over cobwebs, soil, algae etc. Before you start cleaning, protect your plants and grass with sheets then clean the panels and posts with a cleaning solution. Once the fence is dry, you can begin to apply the paint or treatment. Follow the instructions on the tin and leave to dry between coats.

How often you choose to re-stain your fences will depend on how they weather. The paint may peel or wear and the fence panels may succumb to the perils of moss and algae – especially closer to the ground.

Advice on How to Care For Your Fence

At Sansums, we provide a range of fencing products – all of our panels are made from pressure treated soft wood. We can also advise on the proper care and treatment of your fencing. Visit us or get in touch to discover more.