There's still a little time left to get everything around your home ready to face another long winter season. One thing you should not neglect is the old wooden fence in the backyard. As the seasons change, the protective stain on the wood fades and needs to be restored to protect it from the winter weather, Rain, sleet, and snow can get into the pores of the wood and cause it to rot. In time, the damage can lead to the expensive repairs to keep the fence in good shape. Here is how to maintain and stain the fence.
You Will Need
- Wood Stain
- Replacement boards
- Pressure Washer
- Airless Sprayer
- Paint Brush
- Paint Rollers
- Plastic Sheets
Replace Broken Boards
Check all the boards, posts, and rails in the fence to see if they are deteriorated or broken. Replace the broken pieces with new ones. Make sure you purchase exact duplicate boards, posts, and rails to replace the old ones to maintain a uniform look along the fence.
Use a pressure washer to clean the fence after you have replaced any broken pieces. Make sure to clean both sides of the fence with a wood cleaner designed to kill fungi, mold, and any insects that have embedded themselves into the wood. In some areas, you may have to use a medium-bristled brush to scrub areas clean.
Purchase a stain that matches the color of the stain currently on the fence. There are two ways to apply the stain to the fence quickly.
- Roll on Stain: You will need a couple of different sized rollers. Use a small roller a few inches long to apply stain around the edges of the posts and rails. You can then use a normal-sized thick nap roller for painting to apply the stain to the open areas on the fence. Use a medium-sized paint brush to get into corner the rollers won't reach.
- Spray on Stain: If you don't already have one, you can rent or purchase an airless sprayer at most local hardware or equipment rental stores. Make sure you read the operating instructions on how to use the sprayer. You should also test how to use the sprayer in an inconspicuous spot until you get used to using the sprayer. Make sure cover any areas that you don't want to get stain on (like the side of the house) with plastic sheeting to protect those areas from any over spray.
Regularly applying stain to the fence every few years helps to protect the wood and make your fence last longer than if you simply left it alone to face the elements. Visit sites like http://www.everlastingfence.com for more information.