With the fluctuating heat and cold weather in Amarillo it can be a little tricky to maintain your fence. However, by taking a few additional steps you can protect your fence investment for far longer. Here are a few tips to help you care for your wood fence.
Pick Proper Materials
When installing a fence, start with wood materials such as redwood and cedar which are less prone to warping as they are denser. Additionally they are far more resistant to decay and rot. Check with your fencing contractor to see if the specific material being used is pressure treated to also stop bug and water damage.
Giving Your Fence Support
Consider galvanized or stainless steel hardware to support your wood fence panels and extend the fence’s life. Keep weight off your fence to maintain its integrity. Trim bushes and shrubs so they’re not touching your fence and placing moisture on it.
Are the materials within your wood fence pressure treated? If not, you’ll need to seal the fence. Water-repellent preservatives and sealants are available at most hardware stores. An applied sealant is necessary annually if you don’t paint your fence.
As an alternative to paint that brings life back to a faded fence and has additional benefits, add a stain. Staining also acts as a sealant preventing rot, mildew, and water damage.
Homeowners should also prevent the sprinklers from spouting water onto the side of the fence.