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Wood Fence Repairs
The rain, snow, underground frost, wind, and sun are just some of the natural elements that your wood fence has to endure. The most dangerous of these deteriorating factors is rotting. It goes without saying that wood fences are especially susceptible to rotting. This is an expected consequence considering the organic nature of the wood.
To minimize rot, you should always use the most rot-resistant material available. Pressure-treated lumber, for example, is treated with preservatives, which helps it last an incredibly long time. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to purchase this type of wood. Redwood and Cedar may be effective substitutes, but they will still cost you quite a pretty penny. Exterior stains and paints are cost-effective and viable alternatives. However, they only work well when applied above-ground, thereby leaving the underground portions of the fence posts vulnerable to water damage. If you want your post to last, you need to either set it in concrete or subject it to the proper treatments before it is installed. Aside from the underground portions of the posts, you’ll also need to pay special attention to the lower railings and screening. These materials can suffer as well, especially when they are in constant contact with vegetation and water. What is even worse is that damage can quickly spread once a portion of your fence has been damaged. A rotting post, for example, will put additional strain on other portions of the fence, pulling them down as it begins to sag.
However, just because it’s damaged, doesn’t mean that the entire fence needs to be replaced. You may be able to add a few more years to its lifespan by making regularly repairs, which may range from simple cleaning to completely replacing posts, rails, and other sections. If you aren’t good with your hands or too busy with other projects, don’t hesitate to hire a professional, as they are well worth the money. Experts in this field will not only fix the existing damage, but will also offer long-term solutions for maintenance and care.