Is your home's wooden fence starting to show its age? What was once a beautiful fence could now look like a gray eyesore in your yard. You do not have to spend a lot of money to revive it, since all of these things can be done on your own. Here are 3 things you should do.
Pressure Wash The Fence
You need to get started on the right track by pressure washing the fence. It will help expose all of the nice wood underneath the top layer that is old and fading. If you do not have a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store.
Follow the manufacturer's directions with how far away to hold the pressure washer from your fencing. Usually about 1 ½ feet is a good distance. This is because the stream of water coming out of the pressure washer is very strong, and being too close can cause damage to the wood. Always keep the stream of water moving so that you do not hang on one section for too long.
Repair The Fence
Now is the time to start making any repairs to the fence that are needed. Are there broken or split pieces of the fence? You can repair them with a few basic tools. Use wood glue to put the pieces back together, and then clamps to hold the wood tight against each other until the glue completely dries.
If boards are coming loose, you can use screws to make the boards tight against the fence. If you drive the screw in beneath the wood surface, you can cover the head of the screw with some wood colored caulk to hide the screw's entry point.
Stain The Fence
With the fence repaired, you can now stain the fence to give it a new color. Staining the fence is very similar to painting, since you can use brushes or large rollers to apply the semitransparent stain.
The biggest thing to be aware of is the weather before and after you stain. Stain is best when applied to a very dry surface, and needs enough time to dry as well. Always plan on applying the stain when you are free and clear of any rain in the forecast for a couple days on either side of your project.
If all of this seems like too much work for you, contact a local fencing contractor in your area to help do it for you. Contact a business, such as the Buyrningwood Farm Inc, for more information.