Fence Maintenance Tips
|Check your fence at the end of winter for any knotholes. Wood knots have the potential to contract in warmer weather and fall out. Use a wood filler to fill up any knotholes as soon as possible to prevent insects, birds, or even termites from moving in.
Frequently Asked Questions
1How is mildew and grey removed from the fence?
A bleaching solution is used to remove fungi and mildew.
2What type of pressure is used to clean the fence?
Pressure of 40 to 60 PSI, (Pressure per Square Inch), which is equivalent to a garden pump sprayer.
3Is the existing stain on the fence removed when you clean the fence?
No. Generally stain is oil based. The bleaching solution does not possess the properties to remove the oil.
4Will the existing and new stain look flush on the fence?
Yes. Once the new stain is applied it will be flush. However, the overall cohesiveness of the stain has more to do with the wood grain and other unique marks on your fence.
5Can the water stains on the fence be removed?
No. Water stains are scars on the fence and penetrate deep into the grains of the wood. Cleaning and staining the fence will improve the appearance but will not remove them. They will be visible after your fence is stained.
6Why is cleaning with a bleaching solution preferred over power washing the fence?
Power washing removes a fine layer from the surface of the wood compromising its integrity. The end result of this process leaves a rough texture including splinters on the surface of the wood.
7What type of stain do you use?
We use Wood Defenders. It is a commercial grade oil base stain. The oil is paraffin oil with the ability to deeply saturate the wood.
8What is the life expectancy of the stain?
We guarantee for 24 months but the stain has a life expectancy of 3 to 4 years.
9Are rails replaced in the same location when the new rails are replaced?
No, they will be above and below the existing rail.
10Why are rails replaced in a different location?
You will do more damage upon removal of the old rails and may break some of the pickets.
11Do new rails, posts or pickets stain the same?
No, new wood will stain slightly different.
12What do you do about vines, shrubs and fence artwork?
We ask the homeowners to remove them or we stain arond them.
13What are the benefits of staining the fence?
Staining the fence restores the woods natural beauty and protects from nature’s elements such as sunlight, rain, and biological attacks.
14How long does the staining process take?
Generally, most projects are completed the same day. We first clean during the first part of the day, allow drying for a few hours, then we return the second half of the day to seal and stain.
15How long should I wait to stain my new fence?
If it is a side by side, you can stain right away. If it is a board on board, you should allow for the curing process which is a period of 6-8 weeks.
16Do you guarantee your work?
Yes. We have a 24 month guarantee.
17Do you subcontract your work?
No. We hire and train to meet our standard in fence workmanship.
18How do we know you are reliable?
We are insured, bonded, and members in excellent standing with the BBB.
19Do you accept credit card payments?
Yes, Visa and Master Card.
20I am having my wooden fence posts replaced with steel posts and getting the fence power washed and stained and for this process the fence company has to take the fence down and put it back tomorrow. Anybody know if there is a better way to do this without having to live with no fence for 1 day/night?
To answer your question we remove post per post to which the fence will never be down. It should never be down nor should it be power washed due to the high pressure that will scar and splinter it. We prefer using a hydro caloric solution to remove the mildew on the fence using 40 to 60 PSI equivalent to a garden sprayer and then staining it with an oil base stain.