Rain, wind, frost, insects or animals can affect the integrity of a wooden fence. Repairing the small defects as you spot them is absolutely necessary, and you should do this before performing any maintenance operation. According to residential fence company pros, many repairs are quite easy to do and only require some handiness.
Start by checking each nail and board, fix the displaced ones and replace those that are damaged. Pay particular attention to the lower part of the fence boards, close to the ground, because it is more prone to rotting. Also look for signs of insect attack.
Another DIY operation you can do is treating the wood with anti-mildew solutions and varnish, but before doing so, the surface of the fence must be spotless, free of dust or other impurities. If the boards still present traces of the previous paint/ varnish layers, it is advisable to use a stripper – a solution that helps to remove them completely.
Treatment and painting of a wooden fence is quite easy to do and involves the use of several substances that have the role to protect it from the weather, from the action of pests and to restore its appearance.
If you want to keep your wooden fence in good shape for as long as possible, do not forget also to wash it regularly using water from a garden hose and mild detergent. Prompt removal of dirt, dust and plant debris will prolong its life and ease your future work related to performing repairs.