After standing up to the hot weather all summer long, your fence may be in need of some maintenance. The fall is a good time to tackle basic fence maintenance so that it’s in strong shape heading into winter, and requires less attention in the spring. Painting, sealing, and basic clean-up are all tasks you can do now to help your fence look better and last longer.
Clean Up the Summer Remnants
Just like much else in and around the home, your fence requires regular cleaning. Before the cold hits, take some time to wipe away dust particles, pollen and other build-up from your fence. Make sure branches, leaves, and any other debris are moved away from the fence to prevent scratches, dents or other cosmetic issues. Do this now so that when the snow falls it doesn’t cause natural debris to be packed up against the fence where it can leave marks.
Repaint Your Wooden Fence
Exposure to the hot sun during the summer months can make paint or stain fade or peel. Take the time now to touch up the paint or stain so that the wood has an extra layer of protection over the winter. It may need another touch-up in the spring, but taking care of the full paint job now will make that job easier.
You can also use sealant to help protect your fence. Though sealant sets best during hot days, it can still be used now to protect your fence against moisture during winter.
If you have a metal fence, it will probably develop rust at some point. To keep your fence looking nice, scrape off the rust with sandpaper and a wire brush. It’s possible that the added moisture from snow will cause some more rusty spots, so you can get ahead of your spring to-do list by tackling the rust that exists on the fence now.
When it comes to taking care of your fence throughout the year, it’s important that you pay attention to the smallest of details. Check your fence regularly to see if there are any wobbly posts or any minor breaks. Addressing minor damages in your fence in a timely manner can help you save time and money, while ensuring your property looks neat and attractive year-round.
Talk to Us
If you think your old fence needs professional maintenance or a complete replacement, feel free to call us at (207) 829-5549. Our team of experienced professionals will make sure your fencing needs are taken care of.