As a homeowner, you want your home to be in its best shape with no damage, repairs, or extra work needed. Whether you just installed a new cedar fence, are planning too, or already have one, knowing how to clean it and extend its longevity is always a good idea. Cedar is one of the most popular species of wood used in the building materials industry and is one of the easiest species to take care of. Keep reading for some great tips on how to keep your cedar fence clean, tidy, and long-lasting.
A big part of keeping your fence in good condition is the initial installation. If you install your fence wrong or use the wrong materials, chances are your fence won’t last as long as expected. Make sure you are using the proper tools, following all the steps, and taking your time to not rush. All of these tips along with the ones we talk about below will help your fence lasts for years and need minimal repairs.
In terms of just cleaning your fence routinely and keeping it looking nice, it is as simple as washing off the surface with light water. Now, you want to be careful with how much water you expose your fence too. Cedar is a porous species of wood and can absorb a lot of moisture, so if your fence isn’t sealed or treated for water exposure don’t let it become saturated and sit in a pool of water. You can also brush off any of the debris that is left on your cedar fence with a brush or a broom.
Mold and Mildew
To avoid any mold and mildew growth make sure to keep your fence sealed and dry when possible. Mildew can eat away at the surface of your wood, so you want to make sure it doesn’t make it a home. As soon as you notice any growth in mold or mildew removes it as promptly as possible to avoid damage.
In order to keep weeds from growing into your fence or at the foot of it, you want to keep any surrounding bushes, trees, and vines from overgrowing. If you want to plant landscaping around the perimeter of your fence or at the bottom that’s fine, just be sure to keep all the weeds trimmed as they grow.
Keep an eye out for any water damage that you start to notice. Some of the most common signs of water damage will be warping, cracking, and splintering. If you notice any of these issues start to occur, look into replacing those specific pickets, posts, or boards. Keeping your fence from being overexposed to water will also help reduce the chances of water damage.
Add Paint or Stain
Adding paint or stain to your fence is a great way to keep it looking like new. Paint or stain adds an extra layer of protection and keeps the surface from rotting, splitting, cracking, warping, and any damage from weather exposure.
If you have any questions about your fence or the process in which it takes to care for one properly feel free to reach out and ask questions. We are here and happy to help with whatever you may need!