If you have a wood fence around your property, part of the routine maintenance that needs to be done is painting or staining the fence. When you get ready to do painting, there is also a lot of preparation work that needs to be done. Some of these preparations include repairs and cleaning to get your wood fence ready for a new coat of paint or sealant. Here are a few tips that will help you do the repairs that are needed to get your fence ready for a new coat of paint:
1. Getting Started with Thorough Cleaning and Inspecting for Damage
When you are getting ready to do maintenance to your fence and paint it, the first thing that you will want to do is inspect it for damage. For wood fencing, you want to look closely at any areas of the fence that are close to soils and organic materials, which is often where rot starts. In addition, inspect gates and moving parts for damage and any repairs that are needed. Often, fence gates will begin to lean if they are installed on hinges. Tension cables or a gate that slides on tracks will help solve the problems associated with the wear of gates.
2. Repairing Rotten Wood and Getting It Ready for New Paint
The rotten wood materials will need to be replaced before you can do any painting to your fence. Some of the areas where your fence is likely to have problems with rot first include areas that are located close to the ground and bare soil. As dirt splashes up on the wood, it may cause fungus to grow and lead to rot. Replace these rotten materials and include improvements like the ground cover at the base of wood fencing to prevent rot.
3. Repairing Posts and Gates That Are Beginning to Lean with Wear and Age
Over time, posts and gates will begin to lean and cause problems with your fence. The problems with gates can be solved by installing commercial gates that slide open rather than open on hinges. With the posts, installed brackets that are above the ground to fasten posts to and keep them out of the ground where they are susceptible to problems with rot.
These are some tips that will help you get your fence ready for a fresh coat of paint. If you need help with repairs or maintenance, contact a fencing service to help with some of the more difficult problems that need to be addressed. Click here to find more information about fencing options.Share