How to maintain wood fence panels

Maintaining your wood fence panels

If you need to buy wood fence panels, Liverpool’s longest standing supplier in that field is City Fencing. We have been supplying and fitting wood fence panels in Liverpool for over 40 years now and a question that we get asked time and time again by homeowners is ‘how do I look after my fence panels?’

We thought we’d take some time to address this today.

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You shouldn’t have to use our services very often. When we supply and fit wood fence panels, Liverpool customers rarely see us more than once during the time they live in their home.

The point we’re making is that the most important step in maintaining wooden fence panels is to buy good quality ones and have them fitted by professionals in the first place! Particularly if the situation of your fence means that it will be subject to high winds, it is incredibly important that the fence is installed in a way that can withstand that and that the wood is of good quality, so that it won’t split or snap under pressure.

The way that the posts and base panels are installed is also key. When fitted by professionals like ourselves, you can be certain that the condition of the ground has been taken into consideration and the posts are installed in such a way that they will not budge. In addition, the use of concrete posts and base panels is all-important. Your fence will be subject to all weather conditions and if you have wood touching the ground at any point, that is wood that will stay damp a lot longer and rot a lot faster. Concrete isn’t affected by damp in the same way, so we generally use the material for posts and base boards. If you particularly want wooden posts, talk to us about our pressure treated timber.

Tip one for fence maintenance – buy a good fence from a reputable fitter in the first place.

Tidy your fence

If you’ve moved into a new home and you’re trying to make the existing fence last as long as possible, there are things you can do to preserve and treat it.

Firstly, make sure that it’s safe. If you have a splintered, warped or weak fence in an exposed area, ask yourself how safe it is likely to be next time there’s a gale. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable parking your car next to it, it may be worth replacing it.

If you have a garden fence in a relatively sheltered area that has some damage, you can glue small areas, using a wood glue. If you need to do this, it can be a good idea to power wash the fence, in order to remove any dry, brittle wood, then allow the fence to dry before gluing anywhere that needs it.

Don’t allow plants to put unnecessary pressure on your fence either. If yours is struggling under the weight of ivy, could it be time to cut it back?

Treat your fence every few years

Fences supplied by City Fencing are pressure treated, so won’t need to be treated again for a long time (our fitters will discuss this with you) but all fences do eventually need to be treated with wood preservers/oils to keep the timber supple and water resistant. You can buy fence treatments from DIY stores and should refer to the instructions provided but, on average, you shouldn’t need to treat your fence more than around every three years.

For more advice on how to look after your wood fence panels give City Fencing a call on 0151 207 7490. Our experts will be able to provide you the best fencing solution.