When spring comes around, the top of your spring maintenance list should be to evaluate and take inventory of what it will take to bring your fence back to its original condition. Begin by making a list that will assist you in creating a game plan to completely renovate that winter-worn fence with the help of a fence repair expert.
1. Remove overhanging tree limbs that may have broken under the weight of snow and ice before they fall and cause damage.
2. Monitor any trees within falling distance and trim back any branches that may pose a threat.
3. Groom and trim shrubs or plants. Allow space between the fence and shrubs/plants to avoid the increased possibility of damage.
4. Keep the rails free of debris including leaves, acorns, shells, twigs, and remove any foreign matter particles that may be wedged between pickets. Wet organic matter remaining long-term wedged between rails and pickets can accelerate rot and compromise stability.
5. Physically inspect each post by using your weight to apply pressure to determine signs of weakness. The post should not move. Movement implies rot or a break at the ground or below-ground level. Allowing post weakness to continue for an extended time will add stress to the fence and will lead to additional damage. Therefore, your repair cost will increase, or you’ll end up needing a new fence installation.
6. Check for knotholes. A shift in temperature causes the wood to expand and contract, which can then cause knots in the wood to fall out, leaving knot holes in your fence. Knotholes are the perfect homes for insects and particles that may become lodged permanently increasing the possibility of rot.
Several components make your outdoor living space a whole, including plants, lawn, deck, arbor, pergola, outdoor furniture and outdoor accessories. Your fence is the component that keeps your outdoor living space private for your enjoyment. It might be the single structure in your backyard that you made the biggest monetary investment, so improve its lifespan.