If you are in an area where the crime rate is not high, and choose to install a wooden fence, there are things you need to do to protect the fence from rot, thus prolonging its life.
Your first priority would be to choose wood that can withstand rot better, and to use a good stain to aid in protecting the wood. Wooden posts that are planted in the ground need to be properly sealed, preferably using pressure treatments, which force chemicals into the wood for added protection.
Make doubly sure that you are buying the correct wood by checking the label on the wood, which should state that it is pressure treated.
It is recommended to stain the wood once a year to keep it protected.
Wooden fencing requires regular cleaning to remove any dirt, leaves or debris that can cause mildew and subsequently rot to form.
There are many different types of wood that can be used, but it is always best to avoid weaker woods such as pine, which is not as resistant to rot, as it will not last, and will therefore need to be replaced. Avoid extra costs by picking a longer lasting wood, such as Cedar, Cypress or Oak as these are harder woods, and more able to withstand the elements, and are far more rot resistant.
The better you care for your wood, the longer it will last, so it is well worth the time and effort to keep it clean and properly sealed.
In very hot and dry areas, you should keep a good check on your fence to see if it is being affected by dry rot.
Whether dry or wet rot attacks your fence, the best remedy is to replace those sections as soon as possible to avoid the rot from spreading. Dry rot causes flaking and warping, as all the oils are burnt out of the wood by excessive sun, so you need to stain the wood at least once a year.
Wet rot is caused by excessive moisture, and if you live in a high rainfall area, you need to check regularly, and remove any rotting to prevent it spreading and destroying your fence.
Always keep in mind that if your fence is badly affected and needs to be replaced continually, it might be a much better option to erect a concrete wall or fence, as the maintenance is practically non-existent.
Concrete walls and fences can be stained to whichever colour you want during the manufacturing process, and will stay beautiful for many years.
Contact us at Country Wide Walling should you require more information on concrete walls and fences, or would like a free quotation.