A quality wood fence not only looks very attractive but it can last for decades if it is properly maintained. In the variable climate and cold winters in Connecticut, there are some techniques you must follow to ensure that your CT fence remains in top shape and retains its beauty for many years. If you follow these tips your Connecticut fence will have a long life and serve you well through the years.
The number one tip of course, is to use first class materials when constructing the barrier. The longevity will depend on the quality of materials that are chosen. Cedar is a very popular wood and is chosen by many people for its natural resistance to decay and can provide a natural beauty combined with durability. The oils in the cedar provide natural protection and there is no need to use additional chemical treatment. Cedar wood is more stable than other timbers and is not prone to shrinkage, so the fence will remain straight and stable. The natural beauty of the wood grains and texture make it quite an exceptional choice of fencing material.
The barrier needs to be installed properly and if you are not a great home handy person it is wise to get a professional company to take care of setting up the fence. The professionals can advise about the grade of cedar and species that is best for your area and which styles are suitable. A quality installation will give your home added prestige and value that will remain for the decades to come. To extend the life of your barrier even further it is best to be practical and address any small problems or repairs as they happen and not leave them to grow into bigger and more difficult situations. An easy way to remember to do this is to inspect the barrier at the change of seasons. It is also good practice to take a look after any wild weather events such as storms, winds and heavy rains.
Things to watch for are broken boards and splinters which need to be repaired quickly to stop them from growing into bigger problems. Leaves and other organic matter may build up between the boards or on the rails and need to be removed to prevent rot from developing. Excess dirt, mold and mildew can easily be removed with hosing and scrubbing. Remove tree branches if they are hanging over the fence because frozen branches can snap off and cause damage in the winter. Keep grass and plants well-trimmed from around the base of the posts and remove debris to prevent rot developing and weakening at these points.
These simple preventative measures will ensure that your barrier continues to add its beauty and charm to your property. It has the ability to transform the appearance of a home and garden and give it prestige and added value. Making a very small effort in maintenance is all that is required with a cedar wood barrier to give you decades of service.