Category: Home Improvement | Issue: March 2020
Ask the Expert How do I maintain my fence? Houses and properties that are beautiful and look well-tended retain value more easily than those in a state of disrepair and neglect. By choosing the right fencing material from the start, you can enjoy an aesthetically pleasing reliable fence for years to come. Here's a list of popular fence materials and tips on how to best maintain them for long-lasting beauty and functionality: 1. Cedar Cedar, the king of backyard privacy fencing, is known for its long-lasting good looks - tight grain, fewer knots, and a desirable red hue. Cedar naturally weathers to a silvery gray, and a fence of this material will require maintenance, including occasional plank replacement. For long-lasting color and protection, apply a penetrating sealant immediately after installation and annually thereafter. 2. Vinyl Vinyl fencing has been around for a few decades, but it's still a relatively new kid on the block. Once installed, vinyl fencing is virtually maintenance-free. Wash dirt off occasionally with a mild detergent, rinse with a garden hose and you're good to go. 3. Composite Manufactured from wood fibers combined with plastic polymers, composite fencing provides a like-wood look without the propensity to degrade from insects and rot. After professional installation, composite fencing requires only an occasional spraying with plain water to keep it looking clean and fresh. 4. Redwood and Teak You'll pay top dollar for a redwood or teak fence, but nothing else compares to their natural softness and luster. Both redwood and teak require the application of a penetrating sealer or oil once or twice a year to maintain their original color. a light sanding prior to application will remove surface weathering. 5. Metal Options for metal fencing range from classic to contemporary, with a variety to match or blend with any home exterior. Wrought iron fences have survived centuries of style changes, and with good reason: More than simply classic, they're extremely durable. Some newer metal options - include cast iron, aluminum, and steel fences. Aluminum fencing holds up without rust all year long, but wrought iron and some steel fences require treatment with a brush-on or spray-on, rust-inhibiting paint when they start to show signs of corrosion. 6. Treated Wood Pressure- and chemically-treated wood pickets or cedar-style planks are a popular pick for outdoor structures as a whole - gazebos, decks, and pergolas. For a better look, maintain with a sealant or paint treated wood. 7. Masonry Concrete, stucco, brick, block and stone fences create a stately aesthetic around the home. Over time, mortar joints in stone and brick fences can work loose and require repointing to stabilize. 8. Chain Link While their open links certainly don't do much for privacy, chain link fences offer adequate security for pets and kids at a competitively low cast. Chain link can corrode, especially at the junctions where the mesh links meet, but it's difficult to prevent. For a better look and a longer life, consider upgrading to vinyl-coated chain link. We invite you to contact us at (918)401-1000 or email: eat1@eau1eav1eaw1 to schedule a consultation appointment today.