1. Mind the gap!
Wherever it’s possible, we would recommend that you leave a gap of 50mm between the bottom of your fence and the ground itself. If it’s essential that your fence goes all the way to the ground, then be sure to use a specialist gravel board.
2. Is the fencing post the right way up?
If your fencing post needs to be cut to a specific size, make sure you don’t fix the end you’ve trimmed into the ground, as cut timber is always more susceptible to moisture ingress.
3. Keep your cap on!
Wherever possible, fence posts should always be finished off with a good post cap or finial. As well as adding to the aesthetic of your installation, doing this can also help to protect your post against the risk of moisture damage.
Keep in mind that if you’re having closeboard fencing then as well as making sure you have a gravel board at the base of your fence, also make sure you protect the top edge of the fence boards by affixing a capping rail that will help to stop the risk of the fence bowing.
4. Everything in moderation
Low maintenance on a regular basis is the ideal manner in which to keep your fence in great condition.
Regularly check your fence for any signs of damage or any developing issues. Replace fence panels, fence posts and fence boards when appropriate and regularly protect the timber with an extra coat of timber preservative or treatment.
A great time to do this is during the winter months as that’s when vegetation is at its lowest level of activity, making it much easier to gain access to your fence and inspect it properly.
5. Keeping on top of vegetation
A lot of expensive damage can be caused by overhanging branches and suchlike if the area is not maintained appropriately. Vegetation such as climbing plants need to be pruned and trained in order to avoid damage to your fence.
Branches can also become weighed down by snow and bend over your fence, sometimes even breaking under the weight.
Nearby tree branches also allow moisture to drip onto your fence and thus increasing the risk of moisture damage and wood rot as well. Your fence could also become discoloured due to the transfer of organic matter in winter months.
If you would have any queries on limiting the risk of moisture damage to your fence, please get in touch with our team of friendly experts. We’d be happy to help. Drop in today or call us on 01989 940 027.