How to Prevent Fence Rot
July 22, 2019 Comments: 0

Fences Pittsburgh

If you are planning on installing a wooden fence around your property or already have one, it is important to understand the necessary steps to regularly maintain it.  Without proper care, your fence is susceptible to fence rot. Fence rot, which is common in wooden fences, is characterized by the deterioration of the wood. Left go too long, it can eventually lead to the collapse of your fence.

In order to understand how to care for your wooden fence, you must know that there are two types of fence rot—wet rot and dry rot.  Wet rot, which usually happens at the base of the fence or on the fence posts, is the most common type of fence rot. It occurs when there is too much moisture on the wood.  Dry rot is caused by the wood drying out due to extremely sunny, harsh and dry conditions.

Due to daily environmental exposures, fence rot is a possibility with any wooden fence, but damage can be minimized and in many cases, it can be prevented with proper fence maintenance and installation.

Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. suggests you consider the following when installing or caring for your wooden fence.   

Types of Wood

If choosing to install a wooden fence, be aware of the different type of wood available. Hardier woods, such as juniper and cedar, are less vulnerable to fence rot than wood, such as pine and tamarack. Also, wood that is pressure-treated provides a protective barrier against insects and decay.  

 

Proper Fence Installation

Your fence should be installed in an area with adequate air circulation.  Additionally, your fence posts should not have contact with soil. Professional fence installers, like Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. will save you time and money by properly installing your fence to minimize the effects of fence rot.

 

Inspect Your Fence for Signs of Rot

Inspect your fence posts and boards to make sure they are structurally sound.  This will prevent problems from heavy snowfalls and other damaging effects of winter weather in Pittsburgh.  If you notice signs of fence rot, you will want to take care of it immediately. If only a board or two is damaged, you can quickly replace the affected boards.  Replacing the affected boards prevents the rot from spreading.

 

Protect your Fence with Stain

Regularly staining your fence helps to keep rot away. It is important to apply a high-quality brand at least once a year to prevent rain, snow and moisture from soaking into the wood. You can perform a quick splash test to determine if your wooden fence is in need of stain. Simply, spray water onto the fence and if it beads, your stain is still holding up.  If it doesn’t bead and it soaks into the wood, then it is time to apply a coat of waterproof stain.

 

Keep Leaves and Debris Away from Your Fence

Leaves and debris stacked against your fence collect moisture causing wooden fences to rot.  Maintain falling leaves by raking them to the center of your yard. This is especially important before the snow falls in Pittsburgh—causing additional moisture, which will wreak havoc on your fence.

 

Wash your Fence

It may seem unnecessary, but rain simply won’t do the trick of washing your fence.  Keeping your fence clean of fungus, insect infestations, etc. will help to prevent fence rot.  Regularly, clean your wooden fence with a pressure washer (on low setting) or hose down after wiping with a solution of bleach and water.  

 

Fence Installation and Repair in Pittsburgh

As western Pennsylvania’s premier fencing provider, Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. is available to answer any questions regarding fence installations, fence maintenance and fence rot.  We have been delivering top-tier quality craftsmanship to residential properties in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland Counties for over 50 years. With Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc., you can expect your fence investment to be an attractive, safe, long-lasting and secure addition to your outdoor space for years to come.

 

Contact one of our four offices today to speak with our team:

North: 412-276-4822

South: 724-228-9755

East: 412-784-1400

West: 724-775-6550