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Fence Care & Maintenance

Wood

While pressure treated wood is designed to resist rot, decay and termite damage, it does not protect against the weathering cycles of wetting and drying. The elements can cause wood to warp, split, crack and splinter over time. Another thing to be aware of is that ultraviolet rays from the sun can destroy the top layer of the wood cells, resulting in a gray, bleached appearance. All pressure treated wood is susceptible to damage from sunlight, rain and snow.

The best option for preventative care is a protective finish such as a water repellent sealer. Manufacturers recommend letting the wood dry first, which usually takes 1-to-2 weeks after installation. After it is dry, seal it with a water repellent finish or preservative that is specifically designed for new wood. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and product labels for proper use of any stain, paint or wood finish.

Aluminum

Aluminum fences do not require much care and that's one of the reasons they are a popular choice. There are, however, a few things you can do to keep your fence looking great. Keep your shrubs and trees trimmed back from the fence. They can grow into your fence and cause problems with the form of the fence. To keep it clean, you can use soap and water, or just a powerful garden hose sprayer.

It's not uncommon for heavy lawn & garden equipment to bend the aluminum. In most cases, replacing the damaged fence parts is not a problem. Contact us via our fence repair form for a quote.

Vinyl

Vinyl fences are made out of pretty robust material. Some people worry about it cracking when it gets really cold but it's designed to accomodate normal temperature fluctuations. It's also designed withstand normal wear and tear without breaking. However, higher impacts such as being hit by a riding lawn mower will probably lead to damage. Replacing damaged fence parts is not a problem. Just contact us via our fence repair form.

As with most exterior products, a vinyl fence may become dirty when exposed to the elements. Pressure washing with a mild detergent and water should keep your vinyl fence looking new. For stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive cleanser and a soft-bristled brush.