Congratulations! Your fence survived the long, cold winter. Now that spring is here, a whole new bag of potential threats to your fence has arrived. Protect your fence against cracking, warping, rotting, and other potential threats brought on by the spring season with the following weatherproofing tips.

Why Weatherproof Your Fence in the Spring?

Spring showers bring May flowers but all that rain can hurt your fence. Without weatherproofing, your wood fence is susceptible to the aforementioned damages, which can cost a small fortune in repair costs. Weatherproofing your wood fence prevents these problems and secures a durable fence for another year. You must take care of all the structures at your home to keep them working as they should. Weatherproofing your fence is the absolute best way to keep it around for years to come.

How to Weatherproof your Wood Fence

Keeping a wood fence in good condition requires more time and attention than other fence styles. Despite its need for extra care, the wood fence maintains popularity in Denver. If you are one of the homeowners who fancy wood fencing, you should not wait to protect it against damage. Implement the following weatherproofing tips to keep your fence in place and free of damage.

  • Apply Sealant: The number one strategy used to protect a wood fence against damage is to apply sealant. A silicone or acrylic sealant protects the fence against extreme temperatures, UV rays, and water damage. In turn, you worry less about discoloration, wood rot, and cracking. Sealants are sold at most home improvement stores. If you prefer, professional fence contractors can also apply sealant and waterproof your fence.
  • Fix Weak Points: Weak points in your fence are areas that are in need of maintenance or repair. The points still function but that can change at any given time. These spots may include wood rot, loose nails, or other kinds of damage. Inspect the fence and repair these spots before additional damage occurs.
  • Apply Moisture-Resistant Paint: A coat of latex or acrylic-based paint applied to the fence is yet another option to waterproof your fixture. Paint comes in assorted colors and glosses so matching your current color or desired color is simple. Read the label carefully before purchase to ensure it’s suitable for use on a fence.
  • Keep it Clean: Leaves, weeds, grass, and even mulch compiled near a fence contribute to wood rot and cracking. Organic materials promote wood rot
  • Trim Trees: Keeping trees trimmed enhances the aesthetic appeal of your property but also prevents damage to the house and other fixtures on your property, including the wood fence. Snow, strong winds, and even heavy rainfall can potentially cause loose branches to damage the fence.
  • Apply Wax Polish: Another option for waterproofing is to apply wax polish. There are several types of wax polish suitable for use on a wood fence. Each of them repels dirt, dust, and other debris.

How to Weatherproof Other Types of Fences

Wood is the most popular style of fence. It is aesthetically appealing, strong, and durable. It is eco-friendly and long-lasting. But, it’s one of several fence materials available for homeowners to pick from. If your fence is made from vinyl, metal, or other material, it’s less susceptible to the issues described above, but nonetheless threatened by various weather conditions.

Tips to weatherproof your fence:

  • Stop Rust: Metal fences are susceptible to rust, which is brought on by the moisture and rain associated with spring. You can brush off rust if it’s already a problem, then apply a waterproofing sealant to the fence.
  • Clean the Fence: Chain link, PVC, and vinyl fencing is weather-resistant but still need a bit of maintenance to keep it in good condition. Cleaning the fence is the best way to remove dirt, debris, and other grime and protect your investment.

When to Replace Your Fence

Fences average a lifetime of at least 10 years. Some can last 50 years or longer. If you care for the fence, you will maximize its lifetime and performance over the years. However, it is important to know when the damage is too considerable and when to replace the fence.

A new fence can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property and provide years of worry-free protection. Wood fencing is popular around Denver although other options can provide great style and durability at your home.

Denco Fence offers weatherproofing, repair, and fence installation for our friends and neighbors in the Denver area, fill out our online form for more information.