How to Maintain Fence Panels

Whether you installed the wooden fencing around the borders of your property or perhaps they were already there when you moved in, they will gradually fade and decay and perhaps collapse if you don’t maintain them properly. Wooden fencing looks absolutely marvellous and natural in a garden setting, but if you fail to look after them your fence panels will give your garden an ugly impression.

When do your fence panels need their first line of protection?

For glass pool fence panels that get damp, they will eventually rot the wood and the entire fence panel may collapse which might damage your flowers and plants or perhaps your children and pets.

If your fence panels were dip treated, it means that they will be protected against damp and rotting problems, but only until they are delivered to your home because the protection is only applied to last while they are in the manufacturer’s factory and during transit. If your wooden fencing was dip treated, you will need to apply a protective finish to the wood either as soon as you receive them or immediately after they are installed.

For fence panels that have been pressure treated, they will have had chemicals pumped into the heart of the wood so that they are protected against damp and wood eating bugs for the first 5 to 7 years of their life. You will need to check with the manufacturer’s guarantee, and it is probably better to think about treating your fence panels at least a full year before the guarantee runs out so that you can be sure your wooden fencing is properly protected.

Consider the Sun and the rain

You don’t only have to worry about rain landing on your wooden fencing or pooling around the base that might eventually cause damp problems to your steel fence installation panels: the UV rays from the sun will dry out your wood, which can cause it to crack or bow, which may mean that the fence panels lose their security aspect to your garden.

This doesn’t mean you need to add factor 50 sun cream to every fence post and fence panel in your garden, but it does mean that you should regularly apply a protective coat of paint, sealer or stain to try and prevent any damage to your timber fence panels. The protection will usually last around one year, so this is a maintenance job for you that you will need to complete regularly.

If you live in an area where the weather is worse than the majority of the UK, perhaps where salt and sea air can cause damage to all of your property, you might need to provide a coat of protection to your wooden fencing more often.

The bottom of your fence is the area that is most likely to be susceptible to letting in damp, which will eventually lead to rotting of the wood. This is because the majority of fence panels are laid directly on the ground and moisture from the ground will rise into the wood, over time. By adding gravel panels made of wood or concrete, you can form a barrier between your wooden fencing and the ground to give your timber fence panels a longer life.

Where any of your fence panels are damaged it is better to deal with the repair as soon as possible so that your timber fence panels retain their full strength.

Accidents will happen and if your garden is treated as though it is an offshoot of Wembley stadium, footballs will often break wooden fencing, reducing the security they are supposed to provide.

Timber fence panels don’t need too much looking after, but a regular visual check will help reduce the annual maintenance you have to carry out on them.

Choose an Attractive yet Functional Door for Your Home


When it’s time to upgrade the front door to your home, you’ll want an attractive yet functional door that adds kerb appeal to your residence and improves the energy efficiency of your home. It’s the focal point that guests see as soon as they arrive and it sets the tone for the evening’s activities as well as making them feel welcomed into your personal living space. If your home is an older structure, you will want to educate yourself about the GRP doors that are now available to you; they can certainly increase the security of your home in an aesthetically pleasing way. Before you purchase the next door for your home, take a look at the benefits of using a composite door and how it can improve many aspects of running and maintaining your home efficiently.

houseConstruction is Important

Your criteria for a new entrance door should be durability, sturdiness, and rigidity; all three of these features give your door and its frame the structure that you need to ensure that you, your family, and your possessions are safe and secure at all times. Steel reinforcements around the outside edges can also bolster the strength of your door; this means that criminals who try to kick in your door may go away with injured arms and legs instead of your belongings.

Weathering Impacts Durability

In the new GRP doors, the combination of the materials used in making the door make it resistant to weathering or incurring any damage from the elements that impact it daily. Your composite door won’t warp, twist, or crack which means that it will retain its beauty along with its functionality for many, many years. Should criminals attempt to damage your door in any way, they’ll quickly learn that it is resistant to denting and other means of physical force that they might use to try and gain entry into your home. GRP doors never have to be painted which means that you’ll be required to do very little maintenance on your front door; this will give you time to pursue other interests with your family or business.

Your Options are Endless

GRP doors come in a variety of colours which personalise your front door to match your personality or preferences for style; make sure that the accompanying hardware enhances the overall design that you like. You can also include glass inserts that can be replaced quickly should an accident occur; it’s also good to know that you won’t have to remove the door’s frame to replace any damaged glass insert. Because your composite door is injected with extra thermal insulation your home will be warm, cosy, and your energy bills will be lower. For some of the options that are available to you, it’s a good idea to visit the website www.safedoors.co.uk where you can review the inventory that’s available, learn more about composite construction, and the professional help that you can get from contacting their team of professionals.

Choosing an entrance door that is not only beautiful but also functional will provide you with years of satisfaction with the entry to your home.