You may have thought that once your fence was installed, you would not have to perform any maintenance on it. One day you may decide that you want to move, and then this is when your efforts will pay off. This is really simple to do, and it all begins with paying attention to the fence and inspecting it. That will ensure that you’ll catch any problems early on before they grow into larger problems.
Unless you have a lot of experience with home improvement projects, you will want to ensure that you have learned about how to stain a fence. Think about what you use to put the stain on, and if a brush then use a brand new one to prevent chemicals mixing from what you used it for before. You can find some stains that are engineered to be expressly for wood fences, and this may be a task that warrants some help from the local store. Weather will include the temperature and humidity which is similar to painting your indoor rooms in your house, and be very sure that you read, understand, and follow the directions on the can. Usually, when people are not happy with the outcome of the staining process, it is typically due to deviating from the best use guidelines.
The gate will come with the usual hinges and other enhancement elements, and you can get locks and other means for securing the gate. Ask about the benefits of using non-metallic devices, and sometimes they may last longer and they certainly will not rust. You probably have seen nails that are loosening up and sliding out, and this is very common with nails in wood. After about a year, this may become more prominent, but your occasional inspection will identify these trends. After some time you will not be able to save the nail, and it is possible you may have to form new nail holes.
Performing maintenance on your fence is done for a reason, and one of them is that regular cleaning will keep the mold growth under control. Stains are not highly durable to some chemicals, and a good example of this is using water and bleach for cleaning purposes. So you can easily use your garden hose and make sure you have some decent water pressure which brings us to power washers which are really good for cleaning wood fences. Truthfully, most of the time your fence will not get terribly dirty, but it is still recommended to clean your fence with water. Try and avoid taking a cavalier attitude about wood fence maintenance, and this is a choice that remains with you. And then also write down any corrective measures you took. This will keep you motivated and also give you a little more peace of mind.