A wooden fence is an investment of time and money. As such, you want to make sure that it won’t break down or rot before your very eyes. If you know how to care for a wooden fence, it can literally lasts for decades. Nothing is quite as beautiful, natural and warm as a real wooden fence. Unfortunately, as a natural product, it does not deal well with exposure to natural elements. The weather is an enemy of wood, and you have to give it proper protection. Luckily, once you have a good understanding of the problems that wooden fences have to deal with, ensuring your fence remains in great condition becomes quite easy. Let’s review the main issues that your fence will have to come into contact with and some of the best ways to provide protection.
Two problems in particular will damage your fence. The first one is dry rot, the second one is wet rot. Both of these issues can completely destroy your fence, and both can do so incredibly quickly. Thankfully, you will find that protecting your fence against both these issues is very easy. Dry rot is the most common issue to attack fences. When water gets in the wood, it loosens up the oils, which is what dry rot is. This process causes the wood to completely dry out, which in turn means it is very easy to snap and break. Wet rot, on the other hand, occurs when wood is constantly kept wet. You are most likely to see this at the point where the posts meet the ground.
In order to prevent your fence becoming affected by wet or dry rot, you must stain it. This should be done as soon as you have built your fence. Both semi-transparent and solid stains are considered to be very good. Stain is important because it basically replaces the bark of the tree, which is removed and stripped off during the lumbering process. A tree is full of natural and soft fibers, and these become fully exposed to the elements without this bark or stain. A good quality wood stain is the best alternative to a natural bark. You have to stain the wood at least once a year to keep it protected. Last but not least, in order to make sure your fence lasts, remove any debris around it. Leaves in particular trap moisture, which can mean your fence will be affected by wet or dry rot much quicker. This is really all it takes to make sure your wood fence can withstand the elements.