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Why Fence Maintenance is Important

Fences beautify and protect, but no matter how maintenance-free a fencing material may be, it will still require some type of regular maintenance. The type of fencing material an individual has will dictate the amount of upkeep it will require and should be explored before opting for a specific material.

No matter what type of fencing an individual selects, there will be certain maintenance tasks that need to be completed, even if it’s only a weekly inspection of the hardware used to make connections. Other types of material will simply need to be washed down with a hose or pressure washer. Individuals should assess the time, effort and expense they’re willing to expend before they buy.

Wood

Fences constructed of wood will weather and become old-looking. They’ll need to be painted or stained – and applying a primer is recommended before painting. Depending on weather conditions, they may need attention every year to keep them looking good.

Wood fencing is also prone to depredations by insects and an application of an insecticide may be required to surroundings. Wood absorbs moisture, making it susceptible to cracking, rot, mold and mildew. The hardware used to join fencing will also need to be checked regularly to ensure it isn’t rusted or pulled out of the wood.

PVC/Vinyl

Five times stronger than wood, PVC/vinyl fencing requires little in the way of maintenance, withstands strong winds, and adverse weather conditions. It’s earned the Dade County Product Approval Certification and only needs to be washed down with a high-pressure hose.

Aluminum

Aluminum is typically treated with a powder coating for protection against oxidation and rust. It doesn’t require painting or staining. It will need to be wiped down periodically to remove dirt and debris.

SimTek®

The material requires the least amount of maintenance of any fencing on the market. The most it needs is a power washing to keep it looking attractive and to remove everything from dirt to graffiti.

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When it’s Time to Replace Your Wooden Fence

A wooden fence can last for up to 20 years when taken care of properly and regular maintenance is performed. However, there will come a time when you may want to replace your fence to update its look or because its at the end of its lifespan. Professionals in the field recommend that you plan on replacing wood fencing every 10 years.

Even though wood is treated to mitigate many common problems, the material is also subject to a variety of detrimental factors in South Florida. They encompass flooding, salt water, chipping, cracking and splitting. Fencing can rot, sustain damage from mold, and a variety of insect pests. Over time it can begin to sag, become discolored, warp, and begin to splinter. The following are some things to consider when deciding to replace your wooden fence.

Easy Solutions

Wooden fencing can be painted and insects can be eradicated. Loose hardware can be tightened and missing hardware can be replaced. Small cracks and holes can be filled with putty or wood filler to prevent more serious damage.

Replacing fence posts will be more expensive and difficult since the old supports will have to be dug out of the soil and they’re typically encased in cement when the fence is installed. You can also replace missing rails or boards. The downside is that a new board or rail will look different than the rest of the fence unless its painted.

Time to Replace

If you need to replace more than 20 percent of the fencing, it’s time to replace the entire structure. Another good reason to replace your fence is if it no longer meets your needs. You may desire more privacy or security than the existing fence provides. It may not be sufficient to keep children and pets contained or unwanted wildlife out.

You may simply want to update the look of your fence or transition to another material or style. No matter what your motivation happens to be, a careful examination of your wood fence is essential before you make a decision.

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Keep Your Wooden Fence Looking Great

The vision of a white picket fence from a bygone era continues to stick in the collective mind of America, fueling the desire for a wooden fence. Innovation has resulted in a myriad of wood types, vertical and horizontal installations, along with classic to thoroughly modern designs.

Your wooden fence will typically last about 15 years, but with proper care and maintenance, its lifespan can be extended up to 20 years. When it’s time to say so-long to the fence, there are an extensive number of ways that the wood can be recycled and repurposed. The wood is highly prized by crafters for custom, handmade projects.

Regular Cleaning

A wooden fence can collect dirt, dust, vegetative debris and mold. The fence can be cleaned effectively with a power wash that should be performed at least once a year. Twice a year is even better.

Stain, Paint and Seal

Wooden fences make an aesthetically appealing frame for properties. They will also require some care to keep them looking great. Give them a new coat of stain or paint every few years, followed by a coat of sealant. It may seem like a lot of effort, but caring for your fence from the beginning will increase its longevity, maintain its appearance, and save you thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.

Inspect and Repair

Nails can rust, screws can pull out and old metal bracing can allow corners to sag. All those situations can lead to boards and posts that break, sag and rot. Wood fences are also subject to insects and mold damage that requires prompt attention. Failure to keep up with regular maintenance and simple tasks such as tightening screws reduces the fence’s lifespan.

Pressure-treated wood is typically utilized for fencing for longer life and resistance to insects and weather, but that doesn’t make the wood invincible. It’s an easy matter to hire a contractor to perform inspections and make repairs when needed if you don’t have the time to perform the job.

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Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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Caring for your Wooden Fence

Wooden fences have an especially aesthetic appeal for many people, whether it’s a traditional white picket fence or stockade fencing for privacy. Before deciding on a wood fence, there are some things you need to know about caring for it. The following are things to consider before deciding on the installation of a wooden fence.

Painting and Staining

One of the easiest ways to add a layer of protection from the elements is by painting or staining your wood fence. However, it’s a process that must be periodically repeated. That’s not a problem if you have the time to perform the necessary task or the funds to hire it done. Even if you do paint or stain your fence, you’ll still need a sealant.

Sealants

Wood designed for exposure to the elements is typically treated with preservatives. Even if your fence has been treated, you’ll need to apply a sealant. That can take the form of latex epoxy enamel, latex, shellac, urethane or varnish.

Rot and Insects

Wood fences are subject to rotting and insects. An infestation of termites, ants and a variety of beetles will create wounds in the wood that enables moisture to enter. That will accelerate rot. The good news is that there are insecticides specifically designed for wood fences, but they’ll also need to be reapplied from time to time.

Hardware Checks

Metal hardware is used to secure wood fences and those fittings can rust and loosen. If the fencing is extensive, it can be tiring and take a significant amount of time to inspect the hardware and replace it if necessary.

Cleaning

Wooden fences absorb moisture when it rains, when humidity is high, or when sprinklers accidently “water” them. That can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. You’ll need to use a power washer and a brightening agent to lighten and reduce the look of weathering. Work it into the fencing using a bristle brush, then rinse the fence down and let it thoroughly dry before applying stains or paint.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

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Wooden Fence Maintenance

Wooden fencing is available in many styles and can provide some of the most beautiful and unique options for enhancing landscapes, providing privacy, securing the premises, and ensuring the safety of children and pets. However, wooden fences do require more maintenance than other types of materials. For those considering erecting a wooden fence, the following are some elements that should be factored in.

Preserving the wood and protecting it from the elements can require yearly painting or the application of a water repellant coating. It’s important to keep vines and bushes away from the wood. The vegetation contains moisture that can generate mold and hasten deterioration. Heavy plants can damage or even destroy the fence. Irrigation and sprinkler systems should never be allowed to water the fence.

Staining can occur from foliage or flowers that touch a wooden fence. To remove stains and address issues of mold, the fence will need to be scrubbed with soap and water or a specialty cleaner created specifically for the task. A pressure washer can be used, being careful to use a pressure setting that won’t blast and damage the wood. Use a fan spray if possible.

Insects are drawn to wood fencing and it’s vulnerable to the predations of bugs ranging from termites to wood borers. Individuals may find themselves needing to apply chemicals to discourage damaging pests.

Inspections will need to be performed at least on a weekly basis to determine the condition of the fence. Be prepared to check all the hardware to ensure it isn’t loose, rusted, or needs to be replaced. During the inspection, make sure posts are secure and haven’t been affected by any erosion around the base.

With regular maintenance, a wood fence will remain a beautiful addition to the landscape for many years to come. However, a wooden fence does come with a significant time investment to keep it in optimal condition and looking great. Individuals never know when their available free time may change or circumstances dictate that they’re no longer able to care for the fence properly.

Zepco Fence…South Florida’s Premier Fence Company

Since 1981 Zepco Fence has been providing superior quality fence products and installations to all of South Florida Residential and Commercial Property owners.

Serving all of Broward and Palm Beach County areas, we are the #1 Fence Company in South Florida.

We encourage you to contact us below to get started with a free estimate on your next fence project.

Call Today at 954-410-9570

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