Your fence, like any other feature in your home or yard, requires routine maintenance to look its best and remain secure. After all, a healthy, good-looking fence helps preserve your home’s curb appeal. Don’t forget your fence when putting together your spring cleaning list. Gresham Roofing and Construction, your local fence and roof replacement expert, shares the following maintenance tips:
Dislodge Tree Limbs
Before you proceed with the actual cleaning, remove any broken tree limbs in the area. They often embed themselves in the fence while still a part of the tree. Gusts of wind may dislodge these hanging limbs, damaging your fence in the process because of the weight.
Clear Your Fence of Debris
Fence and roof repair pros recommend trimming back any overhanging tree branches that could fall on your fence. Shrubs on the ground near your fence should be trimmed as well as outgrowth can get wedged between the rails. Finally, remove leaves, pine needles, twigs and other debris on the ground and on the joints and crevasses of the fence itself. In doing so, you prevent moisture and bacteria growth from decaying the fence material.
Clean the Fence Surface
The type of material your fence is made of determines what you need to do to clean it. A wooden fence is more porous than vinyl or aluminum, which means organic growth can appear on the surface over time. Using bleach or white vinegar mixed with water allows for deep cleaning. Then, you can repaint it to maintain its color. Vinyl and aluminum fences accumulate stubborn dirt and stains, but these can be removed using the same cleaning solution. Then, blast the fence material with water from a power washer.
If the fence’s appearance and structural integrity can no longer be restored through maintenance, then replacing the fence is your best bet. In this case, you need to expertise of the pros from Gresham Roofing and Construction. Apart from providing emergency roof service, we can also be relied upon for a wide range of construction needs this spring, including fence and siding installations.