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Practical Ways To Avoid Wood Fence Rotting

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Wood fences are the ideal solution for many homeowners. Not only can they last for a long time, but they offer a great deal of privacy, and are an affordable investment. One negative thing about wood fencing is that it can be prone to rotting. While some level of rotting is normal, it does not have to become a major issue. There are things you can do to avoid this problem.

Get an Inspection

At the first sign of even the slightest amount of rotting — call a fencing professional. It is important to have someone inspect the fence to determine what type of rotting is taking place. A wood fence can develop wet or dry rot. Wet rotting is often due to a lack of protection from moisture and dry rot is often the result of poor sun protection. 

The type of rotting taking place determines the best course of action to prevent the spread and further development. A professional can help determine what type is developing so that you can control the issue before it becomes a problem.

Repair When Necessary

After you have identified the type of rot, it is a good idea to replace any planks where it has shown up. Certain sources of rotting, such as fungi growth, can spread from plank-to-plank overtime. Eventually, instead of a single plank with rot, the rot will have spread to an entire section.

However, when you remove the affected area, you also stop the opportunity for spread. The same fencing company that identifies the type of rotting can also replace any sections necessary. Rot can spread quickly, so you will want to act fast.

Stain Routinely

Stain does more than improve the appearance of a wood fence, it also helps minimize damage to the wood from harsh elements, such as UV rays from the sun. However, with time, environmental factors can break down the stain. A stain reapplication adds a new topcoat of reinforcement to protect the wood.

Keep in mind that not only are there specific types of stain to use for certain wood species, but there are also environmental factors, such as the temperate outside that should be measured to determine when to apply stain for proper adhesion. To ensure the right application conditions, it is best to rely on a professional. 

Make sure you follow these tips and pair with a fencing professional to help keep rot away from your fence so that it looks good and last longer. 

Contact a fencing contractor in your area to learn more.