Welcoming the sunshine and warmer weather associated with springtime is a welcome relief after the bitter colds of winter. And while springtime comes with so many benefits and positives, it also has a few downsides — especially on your fence. Whether you currently have a fence or are considering getting one, proper fence maintenance is key.
Read our guide below on how to care for your fence during the spring season so this home feature can look its best and last for years to come.
Inspect Your Fence for Damage
Regardless of how mild the winter season was, your fence can still sustain weather damage. As soon as outdoor temperatures rise and the area around the fence is clear, fully inspect the structure for any kind of damage. Most notably, you’ll look for rot along wooden boards, leaning, warping. Make any necessary repairs or hire a fencing professional to make those adjustments for you.
If you have to replace larger portions of the fence, ideally do it during warm, sunny days. However, you or a professional can reinstall portions of the fence in the rain. Doing so requires a few extra steps, such as digging a little deeper to raise posts, using a dry concrete mix (if applicable for your fence type), and avoiding work during intense rainstorms.
Deep Clean and Powerwash the Entire Thing
Once you’ve inspected and repaired the fence for damage, it’s time to clean and give it a fresh look. Depending on the material, especially wood fences, dirt and debris may have accumulated during the winter, making the fence look drab. But with a powerwash, you can bring it back to life.
Ideally, you’ll use a powerwasher that sprays at 1,500 or 2,000 psi for the most effective clean — and to also avoid causing further damage to your fence. You should be able to hook the washer up to your home’s external water spigot and hose. Spray the water in a continuous up-and-down motion from a foot and a half away from the fence. If you have a wood fence, look out for unusual changes in the color, as this can indicate the powerwasher is damaging the wood instead of cleaning it.
Weatherproof or Otherwise Safeguard the Exterior
After effectively cleaning the fence, allow it to dry completely before adding a protective coating or sealant. Wood fences also require staining before you coat them in sealant.
For best protection, choose a waterproof sealant that will amply safeguard the entire fence. Paint and wax tend to work best for fences. Likewise, you can choose a clear or mostly transparent sealant so the natural color and material of the fence show through. This kind of sealant also works best on wood fences.
Care for the Land on Each Side of the Fence
Whether you’re adding a fence simply for aesthetic appeal or using it to make your property more secure, the structure doesn’t have to look plain or stand-alone. While many fences and their materials now allow you to create a gorgeous structure around your property, you can still add to it and use the surrounding landscape to your advantage.
Not sure where to start? Take a look at the rest of your yard. Do you have other plants or decorative items placed throughout? Add features to your fence that coordinate with the rest of your landscape. For example, if you have a thriving flower garden, plant some of those same bulbs along your fence.
Landscaping can also help elevate the look of your fence or disguise the material. If you opted for a chain-link fence, you can create a softer, more luxurious look by planting shrubs or a flower garden around the structure.
Take Extra Care During the Rainy Season
As mentioned above, the winter season can cause serious damage to your fence. But so can the springtime weather. Heavy rains lead to softer, weaker dirt around the fence, and the structure could sag or tip. High winds and intense storms can throw around debris toward your fence and result in countless types of damage.
Keep the right materials on hand — such as concrete mix, gravel, gloves, shovels, and gloves — so you can care for your fence and make any necessary repairs during the spring season.
Protect Your Fence from Sun Damage
As with most things, the sun and UV rays can damage your fence. Wood fences can expand and crack from the heat and constant exposure. This damage then weakens the fence, allowing it to take on more water and worsening its integrity and aesthetic appeal. And wood fences in particular are highly likely to become dull and gray the longer they’re left unprotected under natural light.
Some sealants offer UV protection, so look for a quality product that works on your fence type and offers protection from sun damage.
Ready to take full advantage of everything a fence can add to your home? Schedule an appointment with the team at Town & Country Fence. For nearly 60 years, we’ve used our expertise to provide professional fence installation and help owners properly beautify and secure the homes they love so much.