5 Benefits of Having Your Fence Stained

A natural wood fence provides a finished touch that is hard to match with other materials. When you buy a new wood fence for your home, you must make the effort to ensure your fence is safeguarded so that it will last for several years to come. The most reliable and proven method to accomplish this is having your fence stained and sealed.

Because wood fences have the tendency to warp, fade, rot and split it is essential to stain your fence so that it is not left unguarded for an extended amount of time. Staining has lots of advantages, such as preventing rot, improving your home’s appearance, minimizing UV damage, inhibiting splitting and increasing the lifespan of your fence. Each of the benefits to having your wood fence stained are discussed in greater detail below:

Prevents Rot

Rot damage requires extensive repairs, diminishes the beauty of your yard and may require a complete replacement. A high quality stain will help stop water from penetrating into your wood fence and prevent rotting. 

Minimize UV Damage

Harsh sunlight can fade the color from your wood fence making it appear washed out and old. Exterior staining limits the amount of damage from Ultraviolet rays keeping your fence looking fresh and new. 

Inhibits Splitting

Fences often split when water enters into cracks in the wood and freezes. Fence staining creates a waterproof barrier to repel water to prevent splitting.

Heighten Wood Grain

Fence staining enhances the wood grain and makes it stand out, increasing your home’s curb appeal. Your fence will look wonderful and may even increase your property value.

Longer Fence Lifespan

The primary benefit to stain your fence is to increase its lifespan. No matter where you live, your wood fence takes a beating all through the year with hot summer days and brutal winter snows. Staining your wooden fence is a requirement to keep your fence looking great for many years to come. 

For new wood fences, pre-staining can be done before installation or the fence can be stained after the process is completed. Keep in mind that exterior staining isn’t just for new wood fences. To help preserve the look of your fence, the stain should be maintained over the life of your fence. Old fences can be brought to life again when new stain is applied. The wood should be dry, cracks filled in, rotted boards replaced and a light sand can be performed to prep the surface for the new stain. You will be amazed how much of a difference a fresh stained fence will 

How to Know What to Do with Wood Rot

Rotting wood on the exterior of your home is not only unattractive, but could be a danger to the structural integrity of your home. While not all rot is dangerous, dry rot can be devastating if you don’t take care of it as soon as possible.

There are two main types of wood rot: wet rot and dry rot. Both are caused by different types of fungi. Wet rot is more common and often easier to take care of, but dry rot can significantly damage your home if left unattended. This is because wet rot is typically confined to the damp area, but the fungus that causes dry rot often spreads further into the wood, and even onto surrounding surfaces.

Wood rot can occur anywhere there is wood: windowsills, fences, siding, porches, steps, and more. Smaller affected areas might just need a little repair job, where the rotted section of wood is simply cut out and replaced. More often, especially in cases of dry rot, whole sections of wood must be taken out and replaced completely.

Keep an eye out for rot. If you can catch it early, you can prevent rot from occurring in the first place and you won’t have to worry about a big replacement job. Any wood that gets wet can rot, especially when there is no light or air circulation. Warmth can also be a contributing factor. Check places that are prone to these things, such as windowsills or doorsills, or any crevices that could potentially be a breeding ground for the fungus. Rain, wind, water, and dirt carry the spores into wood crevices, and if the water is allowed to sit and incubate, mold is likely to grow. Rotting wood is also a perfect place for critters or termites to thrive, so checking all potentially problematic areas every few months will keep problems from developing.

If you do discover wood rot in your home, be aware that the spores of the mold can be a health hazard when touched or inhaled. Handle the situation with caution, get a professional to take care of it, and remove the rot as soon as possible to keep your family safe.

Weather Stripping Removal Hack Using a 6″ Drywall Knife.

We get many calls this time of year for replacing weathering stripping when the temperature starts to drop and the wind picks up. Replacing the weathering stripping around a door can be a simple task with a few helpful hints.

You can’t replace the weathering stripping if you can’t get the existing stuff out. Years of compression, dirt, and moisture can almost glue the rubber finned kerf inserts into the door jamb. Trying to use needle nose pliers or a flat head screwdriver won’t provide enough surface support to break the weather stripping free in most cases. Without the foam properly supported, the compression foam will easily pull or rip, leaving the rubber finned insert stuck in the jamb.

So now that we know what the issue is, here is the hack to making the must stubborn weather stripping break free with ease. Maximize supporting the foam by using a 6″ drywall knife between the door jamb and the weather stripping and prying outward.

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As you can see in the picture above, just start down low, insert the blade, and twist your wrist.  The technique is to keep the top corner of the drywall knife plated and try and rotate the bottom corner outward or away from the door.  We hope this little hint makes your next weather stripping replacement go smoothly from start to finish.