Fremont Fence Company

Fence Maintenance

     Do you have a brilliant looking fence and need to know how to keep your fence looking new? If you do, this article is for you! We are going to go over how to maintain your fence including professionally used cleaning and age preventative techniques. The key necessity is catching and fixing early signs of damage so they do not turn into large repair or replacement jobs in the near future. It is also important to use the right types of cleaning solution and tools pertaining to the specific material of your fence. Let’s dive into it!

  • Wood Fences – Most people prefer wood fences, however they do require the most maintenance and care. When cleaning, you want to use a treatment such as warm water and vinegar (50-50 blend) or warm water (two gallons) and oxygenated cleaner (one cup). First rinse with a hose or a pressure washer (at an angle). Then submerge a firm bristled brush into the bucket of mixed solution and begin scrubbing. To remove any signs of mold, we then recommend using a treatment such as Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover with a wire brush. Finish my rinsing all solution off your fence. One to two times per year, we also highly recommend you apply a UV protectant (when your fence is dry) to protect it from harsh weather conditions.
  • Vinyl Fences – This is a commonly desired alternative to wood fences because vinyl fences can imitate the wood look while requiring less maintenance and lasting longer than traditional wood fences. When cleaning, you want to use a firm bristle brush and a treatment such as Simple Green Oxy Solve or an equal mix of soap and vinegar. Before and after scrubbing, make sure to rise the entire fence with either a hose or a pressure washer. When dry, you can also use a magic eraser to take out any remaining markings.
  • Aluminum Fences – Aluminum is preferable for those who are looking for a fence with a more sophisticated look that withstands all types of weather with minimal maintenance. To clean, first rinse the fence with a power washer or a hose. Then use a cleaner such as soap and water (50-50 blend) on a dish sponge. For a deeper clean, you can use bleach or an equal mix of white vinegar and warm water.
  • Wrought Iron Fences – These are considered the most prestigious and timeless types of fence lines. Before and after cleaning, use a hose or power washer to thoroughly rinse your fence. To clean, use a long handled medium firm brush and a blend of dish soap and hot water or detergent and hot water. To remove oxidation or algae, use a more firm brush and a blend of distilled white vinegar and hot water. For the more detailed crevices of the wrought iron, clean with either a toothbrush or a nylon brush. After your fence dries, apply an anti-rust sealing solution.

     Now that you have cleaned your fence to perfection, it is time to look for any imperfections. If you see any damage (cracks, splitting, pits, discoloration, mold, rust, algae, holes, bends, leaning, etc.) then now is the time to fix them. Let’s mention the most frequent simple to fix jobs below.

  1. Rusting & Mildewing – These are constant enemies of all metal fencing types. To fix, use sandpaper or a wire brush with a 1 cup mixture of white vinegar and lemon juice into a 2 gallon bucket of water. Wait a couple hours to dry then use a dish sponge with hot water and dish soap. Afterward, rinse with a hose or a power washer. Lastly, repaint treated areas and finish with a UV metal specific sealing solution. The latter is to be completed every two to three years regardless of signs of rust and mildew.
  2. Tilting & Loose – Over time, all fences are vulnerable to alignment issues. This can be solved by first placing boards from the ground to the fence to support it from falling. Then dig around each affected post, fill concrete into the dug out area, and ensure the fence is perfectly level.

     Even though professionals install fences to be durable and stable, there are so many things we pay for that will damage our fence if placed near or on your fence. These are things that seem so harmless that they are worth bringing to light.

  • PLANTS can bring such natural beauty to your yard. They also create moisture and attract bugs – both of which cause fence damage. Therefore, we recommend keeping all types of plants and debris away from your fence.
  • TREE BRANCHES create great shade over your yard. However, they also too often fall onto and damage fences. Therefore, we recommend trimming all tree branches that are near your fence.
  • HINGES are necessary to open, close, and lock your gate. Due to their metallic material and the fact they are in regular movement, they also tend to rust and decay. Therefore, we recommend regularly lubricating all hinges (as well as locks).
  • PETS are known for being loving and unintentionally destructive to property. Aside from scratching fences, the more damaging effects include when they dig holes under the fence in an attempt to get out. This significantly reduces the stability of the fence. Therefore, we recommend digging around the base of your fence and filling it with concrete.
  • ITEMS such as packages and gardening tools are often leaned up against fences. However, these items cause the fence to crack, chip, and become unstable. Therefore, we recommend not placing anything on or against your fence.
  • SPRINKLERS are common in beautiful yards to keep the plants and grass nice and green. However, water hitting the fence results in mildewing, molding, and rusting. Therefore, we recommend pointing sprinklers away from your fence.
  • GRILLS are great for cooking on sunny days. However, they produce oil and smoke that damages the aesthetics of all fence materials. Therefore, we recommend placing your grill far away from your fence.

     As you can see, most damage to fences is preventable. It is truly a shame when we have to replace fences prematurely due to our customers not performing these simple techniques. We hope that you adopt these tricks so you can hold onto your beautiful investment for several years to come. If you do ever need repair or replacement of your fence, we are here to help. Feel free to call us anytime. Thank you for reading our page!