First of all a high quality oil-based non-filming stain is the best defense to protect your wood fence. On a positive note, there are a few steps you can take during the winter months to ensure that your fence stays looking beautiful and in good shape.
* Start by cleaning your fence of leaves, pine needles or other material that has settled on the horizontal rails or become lodged between the vertical fence boards.
* Trim tall grass away from bottom of your fence and make sure there is space under the fence for run-off water to pass through.
* If you begin to notice mold or mildew growing on your fence boards promptly soak the area with a 50/50 solution of common household bleach and water. This will kill and remove any mildew and mold.
* If you notice large spaces washing out under the lower level of your fence from excessive melted snow run off or rain, fill the area in with larger rocks or gravel covered by topsoil and bird netting. This will stop the erosion.
Mold and Mildew clog the fibrous pores of the wood causing rot and decay. You have noticed wood fences that have gotten gray or dark in color. This is mold and mildew invading the pores of the wood.
Leaves, twigs, pine needles, i.e. organic material trap water and promote the growth of mold and mildew. Drainage is important at the bottom of the fence. Ground contact with boards will cause rot and bug infestation.
Time to start planning those projects you have been dreaming of all winter long. Whether it is a new fence to add to your backyard living area or some maintenance on your existing fence. Now is the perfect time to start that project. In designing your fence there are several different options to choose from -- Aluminum and Custom Wood are two of the most popular fence types. However, plenty homeowners are perfectly satisfied with galvanized or the vinyl coated chain-link. The vinyl privacy is also a great option.
For those of you that have a wooden fence now is the perfect time to protect your investment by staining and sealing. This ensures that your investment will be well protected as well as adding a beautiful color to the fence.