There are many benefits of having a wooden fence on your property. This selection has a rustic, classic, and charming appeal. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, this selection is cost-effective. Plus, wooden fences have come a long way regarding durability. Wooden fences are now pressure-treated to ensure they don’t deteriorate as quickly. As you might know, water and wood don’t mix quite well. Water damage can cause deterioration and mildew, and even the most high-quality fences aren’t immune to collecting water stains from rain and snow. Here are five ways to protect your wooden fence from water stains.
Clean Your Wooden Fence Regularly
Precipitation can cause water stains, dirt, moss, and mildew to accumulate. As a result, damaging water moisture buildup leaves stains. We strongly advise cleaning your wooden fence by hand or using a pressure or power washer. Power washing is excellent for removing mold. However, ensure that you use a low power setting. Otherwise, the wood can splinter. We also advise paying attention to the spaces between the posts and other crevices where mold and mildew collect.
Seal and Stain Your Fence
One of the best techniques to prevent mold, rot, and water stains is to seal or stain the wood every year, optimally before winter. Depending on the wood type, you might not have to stain or seal your fence as often. A protective layer seals the fence and prevents water from penetrating it. Also, sealants protect your fencing from pests. The best way not to change the color or appearance of your fence is to use a clear, oil-based sealant. However, to change the appearance, use paint, which is as effective as sealing and protecting the wood.
After a big snowstorm, shovel away accumulated snow piles between and around your fence posts. If the snow stays there long, exposing it to constant moisture will cause the fence to develop deepwater stains.
Clean off the Water Stains
The three previous steps discussed prevention, but what happens when stains are on your fence? You can create different solutions at home, such as half cool water and half bleach. Another solution is equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Do you own a cedar fence? You can try a mild citric acid-based cleaner. It all depends on the wood type and how long the stains have been there. Your best bet is to talk to one of our fencing professionals.
Cover the Stains with Paint
If your fence is structurally sound, but the stains never seem to go away, you can cover up the stains with a fresh coat of paint. Also, as mentioned above, adding a new layer of paint, sealant, or stain can prevent the wood from acquiring new stains.
Get in Touch With Hercules Fence Today
Hercules Fence has experience with nearly every type of residential and commercial fencing material imaginable, from wood and aluminum to chain link, vinyl, steel, and even temporary fencing. We have developed a reputation for quality work and fair, competitive prices. Hercules Fence is ready to serve you from six convenient locations. We have offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
If you have any questions about finding your dream fence or fence maintenance, you can contact Hercules Fence today by calling (757) 316-3600 or visit FencesNewportNews.com today for a free quote.