One of the most pleasant times to take care of your yard is during late spring or early summer. Most plants are in bloom, there’s new foliage, and greenery and vibrant flowers surround you. It’s also one of the most appropriate times to investigate the status of your fence. If you haven’t been tending to your fence, there’s a good chance that it’s deteriorating amidst all the beauty in your yard.
Maintaining your wood, vinyl, or chain link fence is crucial in the summer to prevent the need for more serious repairs down the road. If you aren’t familiar with the best techniques for fence maintenance, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created this useful guide to keep your fence in great shape.
Fence Inspection Basics
The first step to take is to take a walk around your property and examine your fence. Take a good look at the base of the fence. Pay particular attention to spots where fallen leaves have amassed and where bushes, plants, and landscaping are up against the fence posts. If you don’t clear these areas up, it can lead to rot, mold and mildew growth, staining, pest infestations, or rust, all of which severely weaken the integrity and the aesthetic appeal of your fence.
Start Trimming Your Trees
If your trees have grown to the point where branches and leaves have started to hang over the fence, they can cause some serious damage. It would be best if you started trimming them as soon as possible. It’s not that leaves are merely a nuisance to clean, branches hanging over the fence can break in a storm or due to the weight of snow pushing down on them. Get rid of dead and damaged tree branches.
Locate Problem Areas
In order to know whether your fence needs any repairs, you need to be able to recognize the signs. Here are some of the telltale signs that your fence needs repair:
- Cracks and Rot – Both moisture and dry rot can cause severe damage to your fence’s integrity and result in pest infestations. If you notice cracks, stains, and wet spots, you will need to get your fence repaired.
- Bending and Heaving – When water seeps into the cement casings for cedar fences, they can start to sway, bend, and fall.
- Missing Boards – If boards have started to come loose repeatedly, you should get it repaired sooner than later.
- Loose Fasteners – Tighten up all loose fasteners and gate bolts. If there are fasteners that won’t tighten or repeatedly come loose, your fence’s integrity is probably compromised and will need repairs.
If you recognized any of these signs while maintaining your fence, you should get in touch with cedar fence specialists like Nord Fence.
Nord Fence is a leading fence contractor based in the Eastside. The company is renowned for its workmanship and attention to detail in cedar fence repair and installation. The company provides its services to homeowners in Sammamish, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Snoqualmie, Redmond, and Issaquah, WA.
Calculate your cost for the repair work with the company’s cost calculator here.