Fences are an essential part of your outdoor living space, providing privacy, security, and curb appeal. However, harsh weather conditions like rain, wind, snow, and UV rays can cause damage to your fence and shorten its lifespan. To ensure your fence is protected from the elements, you need to weather-proof it. Here are some useful tips on how:
A) Inspect Your Fence
Before you start weather-proofing your fence, it's essential to inspect it for any damage. Check for rotting, cracking, warping, or splitting boards, loose or missing screws, nails, or hinges, and any signs of insect infestation. Address any issues before proceeding with weather-proofing.
B) Clean Your Fence
A clean fence is crucial before applying any treatments. Use a power washer* or a stiff-bristled brush and a mild detergent to remove dirt, grime, and stains from your fence. Rinse thoroughly with water and let it dry completely.
C) Apply Stain or Paint
Staining or painting your fence is a popular way to weather-proof it. Choose a high-quality stain or paint* that is specifically formulated for exterior use and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Apply it using a brush, roller, or sprayer, following the manufacturer's instructions. Use a paintbrush to reach the hard-to-reach areas, corners, and edges.
D) Seal Your Fence
Applying a waterproof sealant* that is designed for exterior use and can protect your fence from moisture, rot, and decay. Use a brush or a sprayer, and make sure to cover the entire surface evenly. Don't forget to seal the ends of the boards, where they meet the ground, as this is where moisture can seep in.
* Power hoses, stains/paints and sealants can be purchased online or in the following local stores in Milton:
For further assistance, feel free to get guidance and tips from our trustworthy Milton fencing contractors on how to protect your investment.