We all know that spring weather in Texas can be quite elusive, so it may not make sense when it’s still cold out to think about fence maintenance and repairs—BUT it’s actually the perfect time! Most plants and shrubs are dormant this time of year, which makes it easier to get to your fence and does not impose on the landscaping.
Routine maintenance can greatly increase the life span of your fence and keep it looking newer year-round. Chances are you haven’t seen much of your fence this winter, so here are some tips on how to get started and plan out some easy but important maintenance.
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Fence Maintenance Schedule
Remove overhanging tree limbs that may have broken under the weight of snow and ice before they fall and cause damage to the fence.
Monitor any trees within falling distance of the fence and trim back any branches that may pose a threat.
Groom and trim shrubs or plants next to the fence. Allow space between the fence and shrubs/plants to avoid the increased possibility of damage to the fence.
Keep the rails free of debris including leaves, acorns, shells, twigs, and remove any foreign matter particles that may be wedged between pickets. Wet organic matter remaining long term wedged between rails and pickets can accelerate rot to the fence and compromise stability.
Physically inspect each post by using your weight to apply pressure to determine signs of weakness. The post should not move. Movement implies rot or break at ground or below ground level. Allowing post weakness to continue for extended time will add stress to the fence and will lead to additional damage. Therefore, your repair cost will increase.
Check for knotholes. Shift in temperature cause the wood to expand and contract, this shift can cause knots in wood to fall out leaving knot holes in your fence. Knot holes are the perfect homes for insects and particles that may become lodged permanently increasing the possibility of rot to your fence.
Your fence quality is about more than just looks. There are safety and privacy risks associated with a fence that is damaged. It’s also one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your outdoor space so it makes sense and “cents” to preserve it. If you have any questions or concerns about your current fence, or would like an estimate for a new fence, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 972-769-2555.