When you install a fence on your residential or commercial property, you want it to last for decades. It must withstand sunlight, winds, storms, moisture, and exposure to various other conditions. Whatever type of fences you may have, they will need specialized care and maintenance if you want to extend their lifespan.

At G’s Fence Company of San Antonio, we would like to share some helpful tips for different fence materials to get more years out of them.

Wooden Fences

When maintained well, a wooden fence should see at least 20 years of life. Wooden fences are a significant investment and you should do everything to get more out of them. 

  • Add Metal Fence Posts: The posts are the most vulnerable part of a wooden fence because they are in constant contact with the ground. Use metal fence posts, as they can last decades while building a strong and durable foundation. You will not have to worry about wood posts absorbing moisture and suffering damage from mildew, rot, or insects.
  • Install a Rot Board: Add a rot board to the fence’s bottom to prevent moisture absorption.
  • Stain & Seal: Use quality fence stain and sealer to add life to the wooden fence and enhance its looks. Fence stain can also protect against UV-ray degradation.
  • Inspect & Repair: Make sure your wooden fence is inspected and repaired every year. Timely repair can prevent any costly breakdowns, repairs, and replacement jobs. 

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fence is more popular than almost any other fence type. These fences can last from 20 to 40 years based on the maintenance and repairs they receive. Vinyl is a durable and sturdy material and requires minimal maintenance. It is recommended to take the following steps to have your vinyl fence, see more summers:

  • Inspections & Regular Maintenance: Wash the fence two to four times a year. It should be inspected at least twice a year to look for any signs of damage. 
  • Oil the Hardware: This is a general rule that applies to all types of fences. The gate hinges and other hardware should be oiled once a year. Make sure the screws are checked and tightened or replaced in time.
  • Adjust a Gate: If there is a gate, it should be adjusted once a year. Make sure it is properly secured to prevent it from swinging during bad weather.

Chain-Link Fences

Your galvanized steel chain-link fence should last you up to 30 years. You can apply a vinyl coating for additional protection and make sure any damages are repaired on time. Some tips to extend a chain-link fence’s life are as follows:

  • Clean Regularly: These fences are easier to clean. You will need a pressure washer and mild soap to remove dirt, debris, and stains. 
  • Rust Protection: chain-link fences are likely to get rust. Make sure to apply rust protection on an annual basis. Special attention should be given to the fence’s bottom, where moisture from the ground can build up.
  • Remove Vines: It is an appealing idea to don your chain-link fences with vines to add privacy and enhance the fence’s beauty. The foliage is going to expose the fence to moisture and place weight on it. It is recommended to remove vines and plants on the fence to add more years to it.

As mentioned above for other fences, you should oil any gate hinges and check the hardware from time to time.

So, these are some of the most helpful tips to add more years to your fences. For more information and guidance, contact G’s Fence Company of San Antonio at (210) 888-1498. You can also write to us, and we will get back to you at the earliest.

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