You may have thought that once your fence was installed, you would not have to perform any maintenance on it. You do not want your house and property to become an eyesore, hopefully. So perhaps that will get your attention and inspire you to take regular action, but most importantly, maybe give your fence a good visual inspection. Maintaining a wood fence is a little bit different from what you would do with a metal fence, so this is important.
You should do a few important things beforehand if you want to stain your fence, or renew the stain that is already present. Always get detailed instructions, but very quickly one tip is to make sure you apply the stain as even as possible. You can find some stains that are engineered to be expressly for wood fences, and this may be a task that warrants some help from the local store. Choose a good day for this, and remember that you may not be able to complete it in one day which could be cause for concern. You may not think that it matters to read the instructions for using the stain, and this is a common mistake since many people think applying stain is just like painting. What you can expect with any wood fence is to have a need to care for the working parts that are metal. Establish an effective schedule for inspection, and then you may want to increase the frequency for the gate and other metals on the fence. It should be obvious that rust and other forms of metal degradation are present or will be eventually, and so it is best to notice these signs as soon as you can do so. It’s a good idea to keep on eye on this so you don’t have any accidents, and keep it well oiled at all times so the latch always works as it should.
Perhaps the biggest concern here is that the outer wood will be resistant to weather, and you have avenues to follow to remedy this. You may not have thought that a fence would require staining, but this should come as no surprise since the materials are known for this need. But if you do this on your own, do not hurry it because you can apply it too thinly which sets you up for difficulties later on. You will not be in the habit of looking very closely at your fence, and so to mitigate that behavior simply inspect. If you want to learn more about wood fencing maintenance methods, then visit your local contractor. You may have some difficulty finding what you need in terms of knowledge you can use. Taking the right type of action will put you in momentum and your fence will be installed that much faster.