Rot. It’s one of those “four letter words” in society that just makes you shudder. It’s synonymous with unrecoverable damage, and all you can see in front of you is a hole in your wallet and exponential stress. Rot can impact every single part of your home that’s built with wood. For many, that includes the fence that lines the perimeter of your home. It’s worth noting that the Taylor Fencing team are each huge proponent of wooden fences for many reasons. They’re cost-effective, flattering no matter what the style of your home is, and easy to maintain. Let’s focus on that last part. We can’t reiterate enough that there is no fencing stay, no piece of your home, that’s without some sort of maintenance. We wish it was that easy. But it’s the regular and mostly-light maintenance that helps you avoid things like rot. If you didn’t catch it in time, you’re in luck. Today, the Taylor Fencing team dives into five ways to prevent, solve and understand rot in a wooden fence.
Understand what you’re working with
As if rot wasn’t bad enough, there are multiple varieties that you need to be aware of. There is wet rot and there is dry rot. As you’re looking at your fence, wet rot is far more likely, because it’s caused when excess moisture impacts wood. Take a good, hard, long look at the base of your wooden fence on a regular basis; this is the area that will be affected. You’ll see cracking or softening of the timber, there may also be visual fungus or a damp smell. We can’t rule out dry rot altogether; this comes into play if you live in a harsh, dry environment. The elements will remove oils that help to protect the wood, leaving it susceptible to dry rot. The smell is still in play here, but you’re looking specifically for cracking or crumbling wood.
Think about the stain that you use
Stains are a great way to say goodbye to rot for the foreseeable future. This is, again, maintenance that needs to be taken care of on a regular, ongoing basis- but only once a year! Consider it your next Sunday Funday activity with your family or friends. This cadence could adjust based on the environment that you live in and the weather conditions in your area. Not sure if you need to stain your fence right now? Spray it with a little bit of water. If you see beads form, you’re good. If the water sinks directly into the wood, it’s time to add a stain.
Keep an eye on any adjacent flora
Adding plants and flowers to your landscaping scheme is an exciting adventure. But if your fence is susceptible or already suffering from rot, you’ll want to get those out of the way of the fence. The moisture that these plants need to survive is the same moisture, which can be deadly for your fence.
Stay tuned for more tips on avoiding rot in your wooden fence.