There are several valuable maintenance tasks homeowners can do to prevent wooden fences from turning green with envy. The discoloration that wood fencing can face can deter some homeowners from choosing this material. However, wood fencing is still a viable choice. It’s a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and beautiful option. Wooden fences can stay pristine so long as you take care of them. It’s also best to go for a pressure-treated fence if you’re worried about durability, warping, and rotting. Here is what you can do to keep your residential wood fence in the best shape.
Why do Wooden Fences Turn Green in the First Place?
First, you might want to explore your fence’s location. If the site is in a shaded and moist area, your fencing can be susceptible to mildew and green algae growth. Also, a fence around plants, trees, shrubs, and rocks can be why green algae growth spreads.
Power Washing Helps Restore a Green Fence
If you don’t have a power washer accessible, you can find an affordable one at your local home improvement store. Before you use a power washer:
- Test a tiny area first to see how the wood maintains.
- After this test, check to see that the water didn’t damage the wood, set your power washer to 1,500 PSI, and hold it two feet away from your fence.
- Wash the wood using a sweeping motion.
- For dense areas where the algae won’t let up, use 2,000 PSI.
Next, create a one-part bleach and two-parts water solution. Use the bleach solution to hand scrub any remaining algae. If you also plan on painting or sealing your wood fence, ensure that it’s thoroughly dry before doing so.
A Scrub Brush Can Help as Well
If you’d prefer not to use a power washer, you can clean the wood using a scrub brush. When you use a scrub brush, it saves more money. However, this cleaning technique is a laborious task that takes effort, time, and elbow grease. Prepare the same solution as you would when power washing a fence. The only difference is that you should add a lot of soap. The soap should work well with bleach. Then, you can take your time and scrub your fence, ensuring once again that it’s entirely dry before you paint or seal it.
It would also be best to keep in mind that some fences need replacement after years of wear and tear. If that’s the case, give Hercules Fence Newport News a call today.
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.