Three Common Wooden Fence Issues

May 21

In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much privacy. Sure, some people can take it perhaps a little too far by installing privacy features that are more advanced or extensive than necessary. There are definitely instances of people installing blinds or putting up fences that unnecessarily hide homes.

However, these people have the right to increase their privacy to their hearts’ content. No government or entity ought to have the right to curb their seclusion!

One of the more common ways that people ensure their privacy is through the aforementioned fence. Wooden fences are especially popular in dense neighborhoods in which without a fence, neighbors could intrude on the activities taking place in a person’s backyard or even worse, could see straight into your home.

But wooden fences are not without their own problems. In this article, I will describe the three most common issues experienced by homeowners with wooden fences:

Stains or Splotches

Like anything kept outdoors for an extended period of time, wooden fences are going to get pelted with rain, snow, dirt, mud, and everything in-between. The simple act of cutting the grass can quickly turn into an act of slowly destroying your fence with stains and splotches.

Your fence becoming dirtier and dirtier can be frustrating, especially if you are the one responsible for installing the fence or upgrading it. It is completely understandable to want a clean fence that matches the same quality as the rest of your house’s interior and exterior design.

Your fence will never be immaculate, but with the occasional power washing most disgusting splotches or accumulated dirtiness can be removed. In addition, fence installation experts can paint over your fence with a thin layer of wood stain. The veneer-like protection can make ugly stains harder to form on your wood fence.

Wood Rot

Another huge problem with wood fences is the material rotting after long-term exposure to snow or ice. Collecting at the bottom of fences, rainwater or snowmelt can rot holes into your wooden fence. As you can guess, a fence with many holes in it is essentially useless as a privacy tool.

Additionally, rotten fences are inextricably linked with termite damage and insect infiltration. Something about the mildewy mess of rotten fences attracts lots of other unsavory characters to your home’s fences.

What is the cause of fences rotting? As previously mentioned, heavy snowfall can lead to snow collecting alongside cracks or overhangs on your fence. But more commonly, as Daybreaker Landscapes reports, poor drainage systems are really common progenitors of water collecting in your yard and slowly rotting out wooden fences.

Some solutions to drainage issues include increasing drainage system types, clearing out debris in existing drainage systems, and more. In difficult cases, regrading a yard (which involves sloping away lawns and grass from homes) can be done by professionals to clear away standing water and prevent rainwater retention issues in the future.

Wooden fences can be an effective way to increase privacy in your home, but they are not without their flaws. Reach out to professionals to see if your wooden fence issues can be taken care of quickly at the right price.

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