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Fall Maintenance Tips for Wooden Fences
October 1, 2015

October is here! The leaves start to change colour, wearing a sweater becomes more comforting and the cool air is fresh and crisp. Unfortunately however, the fall and winter seasons can cause homeowners a lot of frustration due to fence damage. If a fence is not properly prepared, the elements can wreak havoc on wooden fences. With that in mind, here are a few maintenance tips to follow to keep your wood fence in prime condition.

Re-Stained Fences

The most important fall maintenance tip is to re-stain your wooden fence. Keep in mind however, this should only be done should your already stained wooden fence be 2-3 years old. Applying a water-repellent stain to your wooden fence helps maintain its looks throughout fall and winter. Areas with high-moisture are hard for wood fences to bear, so it is critical to use a good stain before wet and cool weather arrives.

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Keep Fences Dry and Clear of Excess

The second most important tip is to not let branches, and excessive amounts of leaves, ice and snow sit on your fence. Keep your boards and posts clear! That excess water may seep into the wood, causing it to swell. This can cause your fence to deteriorate more quickly, and can also result in rotting. Loose and low-hanging tree limbs can be bad news during strong winds or snowstorms. Tree limbs that are frozen are much more likely to break and fall than normal tree limbs. Even if a branch looks fine during the summer, you may want to make sure it is secure, or remove it, before winter comes.

Preventative Maintenace

Thirdly, after major storms, check your fence for damage or other problems so you can fix them before they become worse. Repairing things as needed rather than doing all repairs at once is much easier and cheaper for homeowners.  

Have any questions or concerns regarding the fall maintenance of your wooden fence? Please feel free to contact us right away and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.