Avoid These Four Damaging Agents When it Comes to Your Residential Fence
Did you know that the U.S. fence industry generates about $51 billion in revenue annually? That’s a lot of money being spent on fences that, hopefully, last people many years.
Unfortunately, not all residential fences last for as long as homeowners might hope. And what should be a long-lasting, low-maintenance investment instead turns into a headache that requires more money to fix. There are several common reasons that a fence might go from great to “needs improvement.” Here are four potentially damaging agents that you should look out for.
1. Leaves and Debris
Every kid loves jumping in a big pile of leaves, but that doesn’t mean you can keep them right next to your fence. Don’t allow leaves and sticks to pile up at the bottom of your fence — this will encourage rot to form.
2. Water in Multiple Forms
Although there’s not a lot you can do to prevent rain, you should try and avoid having sprinklers constantly hit a wooden fence. Not only can it wear away at surface staining, but it will pool under the bottom and start to rot the wood.
3. Algae and Mold
In the spring, you might often notice that wood and vinyl fences accumulate mold, algae, or even moss on the surface. You should work to remove these items quickly with vinegar or bleach solutions. Otherwise, enzymes in the organic material can start to break down your fence and make it more inviting for insects to live in.
If you have chain link fences or wrought iron fences, rust might be your worst enemy. Not only is it unattractive, but it can be extremely damaging. You can remove rust and old paint with sandpaper. Make sure to remove all the rust, or it will continue to spread. Use a commercial rust neutralizer on your fence, then prime and paint.
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