Maintain a Fence

The process to maintain a fence, particularly a redwood fence, is not difficult at all. Redwood fences may be left to weather naturally or they may be treated with a sealant, stain, or painted to help protect them from the weather. Mendocino redwood absorbs and retains all types of finishes extremely well.

A redwood fence will be naturally resistant to insects and decay. Periodically applying a cleaner or brightening solution will help maintain the natural beauty of a redwood fence left to weather naturally.

“A redwood fence constructed of an all heartwood grade will be naturally resistant to insects and decay.”

You may choose to treat your redwood fence with a sealant or stain to give it added resistance to the elements. The process to maintain a fence may be accomplished by treating your fence with a sealant or stain. Using a sealant or stain with a UV inhibitor and a mildewcide will provide further protection for your fence. Redwood fences may also be painted to match the color of your home or of other fences in your neighborhood. Periodic re-painting may be necessary to maintain the beauty of your fence.

You may maintain a fence by periodically power washing it to remove the build-up of dirt and grime. It is recommended to carefully read the instructions on the power washer and to use an appropriate setting for wood. If you are unsure of the proper method for power washing your fence, you may want to hire a professional contractor.

Some work is required to maintain a fence, regardless of the material chosen. Redwood fences are durable, beautiful, and if properly maintained, with a minimum of effort, your redwood fence can last and remain beautiful for many years.

The California Redwood Association (CRA) has additional information that will help you maintain a redwood fence. Please visit the Association’s website for additional information.


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