After putting all that work into your new wood fence, you will likely have to learn more about cedar maintenance in Memphis, TN in order to keep its like-new condition. Cedar is durable and can stand up to a lot, but even the most hardy of woods still requires care. Here are building and maintenance tips for preserving your cedar fencing so it can serve you for years to come.
Allow for drainage
When installing a cedar fence, put the posts directly into the ground. Do not set them in concrete, as that will make rainwater pool, and eventually lead to rot. Setting fence posts into the ground will allow for better drainage that keeps water away from the fence posts.
Put waterproofing measures in place
Add sealant to the fence for waterproofing. While cedar can stand up to some water, constant contact with the elements will compromise its condition through warping and cracking. That does nothing for the appearance of your fence, and even less for its strength.
You will want to apply two thin coats and allow each layer to dry. Repeat this process every three to five years. Once sealed, try to avoid unnecessary contact with water. You cannot stop thunderstorms, but you can keep sprinklers away from the fence and be careful when watering plants.
You can plant around its perimeter, but do not allow vines or bushes to grow up the fence. Climbing plants add weight to the fence and compromise its strength. Also, the plants will make it impossible for you to reapply sealant in a timely manner.
Pull weeds around the fence so they do not weaken the soil and accumulate water. You want plants to complement your fence, not challenge it.
Keep it clean
Once a year, usually in spring or early summer, use a gentle cleaning solution to remove dirt, mold and mildew from your fence. You can use three quarts of water and one quart of oxygen bleach as a solution and scrub the tough stains with a bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly after scrubbing and do not let the oxygen bleach dry before rinsing.
Power washing also helps, but do not set a pressure of more than 2,000 pounds per square inch or you’ll damage the wood. You will also need to apply even pressure to prevent damage and not linger too long on one section of fence.
Pay attention to section connections
It is much easier to repair loose sections as you discover them than to let the fence become completely compromised and need replacement. When you find loose screws or nails, go ahead and tighten them. If a big wind storm gave your fence a beating, it is likely some screws or nails are missing. Replace them soon to prevent further damage.
Bolen-Brunson-Bell Lumber Co. distributes a number of specialty woods for your construction products and can help you with cedar maintenance in Memphis, TN. If you are ready to take advantage of cedar’s natural beauty for your outdoor needs, come by for a visit and learn more about this durable material.