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.