If your privacy fence is looking worse for the wear, it may need some maintenance in the form of pressure washing and staining. Of course, anything left outside is subject to the elements and needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Wooden structures need stained to maintain their luster and color and to protect them from damage. If you don’t stain the fence, it can bow and buckle, shrinking in such a way that it becomes your not-so-private eyesore of a fence. Privacy fences are simple to maintain with just a few steps.
- Pressure wash your privacy fence
You want to pressure wash a privacy fence thoroughly before staining it. This is done for a few reasons. Pressure washing an older privacy fence can make it look new again. You’ll be able to see what the wood is supposed to look like under all that dirt, mold, grass, grease, and bird excrement. Applying anything – including wood stain – on top of all that gunk will only harm your fence’s structure and ensure the gross stuff stays on your privacy fence for all eternity, or at least until your fence crumbles. Also, a good pressure washing makes the stain treatment last longer and adhere better. Typically, pressure washing a privacy fence isn’t difficult provided you actually own one. You can use a pressure washer on a low setting to remove old paint, dirt, and most mild stains. If you don’t have one, be sure to contact a professional Michigan pressure washing company.
- Repair your privacy fence
If there was build-up of mold, dirt, or grease in certain areas, there might be places in your privacy fence that need repairing. Your fence could also have fallen prey to woodpeckers, termites, or animals digging and chewing at the base. This could have created broken, hollow, or chewed areas in the fence. So, find whatever hardware you need and mend away! You might need to put a little work into this, but it will be worth it in the long run if you want to maintain the privacy fence for years to come.
- Protect your privacy fence
Of course, now your privacy fence needs its final and most beautifying step: the wood stain. If chosen properly, a stain on top of a properly prepared, clean wood fence can restore shine to an old fence and make it look like brand new. Or, if it’s a new fence that’s needed to wait awhile before adding stain so it can be dry enough for the stain to absorb properly, you’ll be amazed at how much a little bit of chemical product can enhance your already beautiful, new privacy fence.
Your privacy fence offers shelter, decoration, noise reduction, protection of kids and pets, and requires such little maintenance; it would be insulting to your sturdy, reliable fence not to give it the proper care! Not only will you be ensuring your privacy fence lasts for years to come, but you’ll be adding to its beauty and, by extension, the beauty of your yard.
Pressure Wash a Privacy Fence
For more information on how to pressure wash a privacy fence or to receive a free estimate on pressure washing services in Oakland County or Macomb County, give us a call today. We have been pressure washing privacy fences throughout Metro Detroit for over 25 years.