How to Maintain and Fix Wooden Fences

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Many homeowners prefer wooden fencing to metal fencing for their aesthetic quality, but unlike metal fences, wood fences require more upkeep and maintenance. If left to fend for themselves against the elements, wooden fences could begin to rot, fall into disrepair, lose their aesthetic quality, and ultimately need replacing.

Instead of letting that happen, here are a few things homeowners can do to make sure their wood privacy fences are well maintained.

Waterproofing Wood Fences.

Wood is very susceptible to moisture and humidity, which can cause it to crack, warp, or rot, effectively compromising its structural integrity. In order to protect wood fences from the rain, sleet, hail, snow, and ice that will inevitably berate them, homeowners should coat their wood fences with a waterproof sealant or paint.

Fixing Wood Fences’ Rails.

First, homeowners should first nail a pressure treated two-by-four scrap of wood to a post to stabilize a falling rail and hold it up. Then, they should caulk it around the sides and top, which prevents water damage. If the rail cannot be salvaged, homeowners should buy a new piece of wood, cut it to the appropriate length, and nail it from post to post.

Fixing Wood Fences’ Slats.

To fix a fence’s slats, homeowners should use a crowbar to remove damaged slats first. Then, homeowners should measure out new slats on new wood and cut them to the appropriate length. Lastly, the new boards should be nailed to both the top and bottom rails, with an amount of space left in between equal to the board’s width. If it’s a privacy fence, only a nail’s width should be left in between.

Waterproofing a wooden fence is paramount to its protection, but will not make the fence invulnerable. Each season, homeowners should check their fences for any damages, and make the appropriate repairs. If you have any questions about maintaining or fixing wood fences, feel free to ask in the comments. Good references.

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