Keeping your fence looking new year-round can be a challenge. Using the right deck and fence sealant can protect the integrity of the wood and will reduce problems with the wood aging. There are different types of sealant for different types of lumber, and not all sealants are created the same.
Deck & Fence Sealant
The goal of deck and fence sealant is to keep water out and to protect the fence from the sun. When water hits the wood, it starts the process of destruction of the wood. Once water penetrates the wood it will make it soft, expands the pores, and encourages algae and mold growth along with inviting insects. Termites and carpenter ants are another thing to consider when you have rotting wood.
The winter causes problems for wood as the rain strikes and can cause problems quickly, and the cold snow can also lead to problems with the lumber. Discoloration can occur the mold spores start to grow and expand within the wood.
The hot summer sun in Utah will cause the lumber to age as it bakes the wood. The UV rays eat away at the lumber and the sun leads to cracking, splintering, warping, cupping, and bowing.
What Does Sealant Provide?
When you use sealant on the wood, it helps to keep the moisture out. Sealers are often used on brick, slate, floors, leather, and other thinks to prevent problems. Paint and stains also have sealers in them, which is why a number of people paint their wood fences every spring. There are four different styles of sealant; clear, transparent, semi-solid, and solid. There are also stain sealers that allow you to change the color of the fence. Any one of these sealants will be able to protect the fence from water, but not all of them have the capability to protect them from the sun. You will need to look for a sealant that provides UV protection. Darker colors will have the most protection against the sun.
Why You need Sealant
Without correct use of sealant, you can easily have problems with the wood rotting. A fence or deck will not be able to live forever, but with the right sealant, it can last longer. Only apply sealant to a fence that has been properly cleaned and is ready for the sealant. Follow the instructions on the sealant can to understand what needs to be done to ensure the sealant is applied properly. A clean surface will ensure correct adhesion with the wood fence. Some sealants include warranties, which can only be provided if you follow the instructions to apply the adhesive correctly.
How to Clean a Fence
To clean a fence, you need to use a mild detergent to hand wash the fence. A pressure washer is another option to help remove dirt and other things from the fence, allowing you to keep it clean. Make sure the wood fence is dried correctly before you start applying the sealant.
Do You Need a New Fence?
If your fence is starting to show signs of age, wear, and tear, contact Bronco Fence in Kaysville. We provide several fencing solutions to enhance your property. Our team of experts works hard to ensure your fence will be able to withstand the harsh weather of the fall and winter. When the wind arises, it can wreak havoc on fences, which can cost homeowners thousands of dollars in repair costs. If a fence breaks and causes problems on a neighbor’s yard, you can be liable for those expenses as well.
Contact Bronco Fence to schedule an appointment for Kaysville fence repair or installation needs (801)820-0419.