No matter what kind of fencing your using, whether it be for residential or commercial use, a certain amount of wear is inevitable from the weather. Wetter seasons are generally much more damaging to fencing, especially metal, as water can lead to rust and disintegration. However, the summer months can also cause damage, whether it’s through heat, occasional showers, or the stress of use. Luckily there is a lot you can do to keep fencing looking and operating its best. Summer is a great time to do maintenance, and make sure everything is kept in tip-top shape.
Here are 3 tips for maintaining your fence through the summer months.
This is something you should be doing all year around, anyway, but its important to be done once a year at least. Summer is a great option for checking on your fence. You will want to make sure that there is no damage to the fence, such as rust, or stability issues. Check to make sure the foundation of the fence posts are stable and hasn’t shifted or softened from the weathering of wetter months. You will also want to check that all the fixtures, latches and hinges, are free of rust, and operating properly. If you have a wooden fence, make sure that there is no rot or damage.
Summer is a great time to clean the fence. It’s often a time when a lot of plant growth can accumulate on the fence, which can cause damage, and even structural instability if it goes unchecked for too long. It’s a good idea to pressure wash the fence, and to clear away and plants and vines that may have grown up it. As well as any foliage that has grown by the fence and is interfering with its use, or putting pressure on the structure itself.
Once you’ve cleaned and inspected your fence, it’s time to do any necessary repairs, re-painting or staining. For metal fences, the coating shouldn’t require any paint, unless you choose to do so. For wooden fences, however, regular staining helps to keep out water and other possibly damaging elements. You should replace any damaged parts or sections of the fence, as well as fix any leaning or sagging the fence might have accumulated.
Fences are built to be tough and last a long time. For the most part maintenance is preventative and will help your fencing last even longer than it would without any treatment. If you follow the above tips, and work hard to keep your fence in its best possible shape, you’ll be able to enjoy many years of use without having to do much replacing. For more information on keeping your fences up to date go to our website https://austsecurityfencing.com.au