Preparing Your Fence for Summer
The summer months are quickly approaching, meaning that it is a prime time to start thinking about preparing your garden fence for the change in weather and a new season. Suppose you have not treated your fence previously. Keep reading for more information on some of the ways you can prepare your fence for the warmer months ahead.
Are You on the Fence?
You may think that you don’t need to treat your garden fence with anything, especially if it is new and looks vibrant as it is. However, if you want to maximise the longevity of your garden fence, ensuring you have adequately protected it so it can put up with ever-changing weather conditions should be a priority.
Prime and Paint
Choosing to prime and paint your garden fence will ensure that the timber is protected in all weather conditions. Priming the wood first will ensure that the paint has the best foundation to lay over, and a much smoother work surface. Staining your fence is another great option for keeping the natural look of the wood, whilst protecting it and enhancing its definition.
The best time to begin work on protecting your fence is in the later spring months, when the heavy rains have typically dwindled. Before going in with the paint, ensure that your fence is completely dry and free from contamination.
Typically, a fence should be repainted every two or three years, but this will depend on external factors such as the weather. Aside from the general look of the paintwork, you may find it helpful to see how raindrops interact with the wood. If there are no longer water droplets building on the fence’s surface, it will likely need repainting as the water is beginning to soak into the timber.
If you have significant water damage or rot on your fence panels, they may need to be replaced in order to keep them stable and visually appealing. A significant advantage of wooden fences is that you can often replace just certain panels if part of the fence has rotted or broken.
Paint at the Right Time of Day
Painting at midday in the height of summer could make the job an uphill task and could even result in patchy paintwork due to the paint drying too quickly. Painting your fence either early in the morning, when the air is still cool, or later on in the evening when you still have a great deal of light, but the sun beaming down at its hottest.
When painting or staining your fence, allow enough time for the first coat to dry before giving it a second coat. Two coats of paint is typically sufficient for a wooden fence.
A Garden of Tranquillity
Aside from keeping the wood healthy, appropriately protecting your garden enhances the aesthetics of the rest of the garden space. It can be quite the dampener to have a beautifully vibrant garden yet have a rotting fence surrounding it all. By properly protecting your fence it will last for years to come, keeping your garden secure and visually appealing.
If you require new fence panels for the summer, talk to our team at Croft Environmental. Call 0116 251 8050 or send your inquiry through to our online form and we’ll be in touch regarding your project, shortly.