Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

May 4, 2022

Summer is right around the corner! It’s time to get your backyard ready- and that starts with having a well-built, well-cared for fence.

A fence is a big investment for your home and your property. Whether you’re trying to keep your existing fence looking great or are ready to have a new fence constructed, you should follow these guidelines to get ready for summer.

How to Care For Your Existing Fence

It’s recommended that you use high-quality lumber and have your fence professionally installed if you want it to look great and last longer. However, even fences built from high-quality materials will need regular maintenance.

Some wood types are more resistant to environmental damage than others. For example, cedar and redwood are typically more resistant to rot and insect infestation in comparison to other common choices such as pine or spruce. You can learn more about the differences between common fence lumber in our post here.

However, every fence will deteriorate over time due to environmental factors like rain, wind, insects and more. Things like warping, splintering, and discoloration can all occur. Keeping up with the maintenance of your fence will help prolong its life and help you avoid costly fixes down the line. There are some simply DIY fixes you can do today that will have your fence looking great for summer!

Sealing and Staining Your Fence

Sealants and stains help to prevent water  from seeping into the wood of your fence and also will help prevent discoloration on your fence from the sun’s UV rays (which are more powerful in the summer!) 

You need to wait for a new fence to dry completely before you can apply stain. The time it takes to fully dry will depend on a variety of factors like the amount of rain, the sun exposure, the humidity, etc. The warmer/sunnier weather of the spring/early summer makes that a perfect time to seal and stain. If your fence has been previously stained you should power wash your fence and apply a stain stripper to remove the old stain before adding new stain. You can read a how-to guide for DIY staining here.

Repairing Cracks and Knotholes on Your Fence

Sometimes your wood fence can get minor cracks or knotholes. These are usually easily fixable by using wood filler or putty. Usually, you can begin by sanding the inside of the hole with coarse sandpaper then wiping away any remaining sawdust or dirt. Then, fill the hole by applying the putty with a putty knife. Make sure you put a little bit of putty out of the hole and on the surrounding area for support. Once the putty is evenly distributed on both sides, allow for 12-24 hours of drying time after the application. After the putty has dried, take medium grit sandpaper to even out the putty with the rest of the fence.

This method will work to fill holes or cracks in your fence. It’s best to do this if you plan on staining a fence but want to do some minor repairs beforehand (also important to note that these fixes will be noticeable unless and until you stain or paint your fence after.) Check the weather forecast before beginning this process, as you don’t want it to rain while the putty is drying.

Board or Post Damage on Your Fence

If only one or a few boards on your fence are damaged or warped, you can replace just those instead of replacing the entire fence. To replace the boards yourself, you need to find the measurements of your boards so you can buy the right lumber to replace them. 

Once you have the lumber pieces, you should remove the damaged boards with a tool like a crowbar, being careful not to damage any adjacent boards or the railings. Once you remove the damaged boards, line up the new boards and mark where you’ll be nailing them to the railing with a pencil. Nail the new boards to the railing using either a hammer or nail gun.

If the fence has brackets, the brackets can be replaced. If that is the case, line up the post base on the side of your post that needs reinforcing. Make sure the bracket is touching the post. Then, hammer it into the ground with a sledgehammer until it inserts into the concrete base. When that is complete, nail or screw the metal base to the undamaged portion of the fence post. It’s also advised that you replace the post if you’re replacing the bracket.

Repair or Replace Your Fence

Even a seemingly simple repair job can be complicated if you’re not an expert craftsman. Using power tools can be dangerous if you’re not familiar with them and your fence may not end up looking how you want it to if you endeavor to repair it yourself. 

It also may be time to replace your entire fence. If more than a few sections are damaged, warped, sagging, etc. then it is probably wise to opt for a full replacement. Besides no longer looking good, severely damaged fences can pose a safety hazard.

There are many other considerations when deciding whether it’s better to repair your fence or replace it entirely. You can read more about that here.

When It’s Time to Get a New Fence

If you’re interested in a full replacement for your fence, you can check out the many different style options available!

Wood fences can be customized to your preferences because you can choose the build style, type of wood, stain color and more! Vinyl fences also come in a variety of styles and colors. If you’re looking for something that won’t totally obstruct your view, a chain link or box wire fence may be the right choice. 

It’s easier than ever to design and visualize your future fence with this 3D fence calculator. This free online tool even breaks down the cost of different fence types and add-ons so you can budget accordingly. 

Speaking of budgeting… keep in mind that some fence companies (like Ergeon) offer financing for your fence project. A new fence can even save you money on your taxes

 

With summer approaching, now is the time to invest in your property. A great fence can help you have peace of mind when it comes to safety and security, can help your home have major curb appeal, and can let you enjoy the outdoors worry-free.

Ready to get started? You can request a free quote by clicking the link below. Join the over 7,500 happy customers who are enjoying their new fences and driveways built by Ergeon.

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