What You Need to Know about Wood Fence Rotting

What You Need to Know about Wood Fence Rotting

When you own a home, you want the guarantee that your kids and pets are safe at home, but also have the freedom to run around in your backyard without any harm coming their way. You also want to do your thing in the privacy of your home without nosy neighbors knowing your every move.

A wooden fence not only gives your home security and privacy but also the aesthetic look that it deserves. Due to harsh weather conditions, your fence can be badly damaged if it is not properly taken care of.

Here are some things you need to know about wood fence rotting.


  • Type of wood


When you decided to use wood as a fencing material, it is very important to choose wood that is rot resistant. Although there is no wood that is 100% rot resistant, there are wood types that are more susceptible to rot than others. Softwoods that are categorized under the coniferous category are more prone to fungus attack.

Cedar, juniper, cypress and redwood are some of the hardwood types that produce the best fencing materials. While buying fencing wood, it’s also important to make sure that you buy treated wood to protect it from termites and rot.


  • Type of rot


The most important point to consider is the type of rot your wood is at risk of. There are two types of rots; wet and dry rot.

Wet rot comes as a result of your wood being exposed to moisture regularly. This takes place at the bottom of the wood where it comes into contact with soil. The moisture causes the wood to soften and start cracking. This may also be accompanied by fungal growth and a musty smell.

Dry rot on the other hand is caused by overexposure to dry weather conditions. The sun and dry winds practically dry your fence up, draining all the oils and moisture that are on the wood’s exterior. Characteristics of dry rot include dry and brittle wood and easy breakage among others.


  • Stain your fence


Staining your fence will help in preventing rot. It is therefore important to at least stain your wooden fence once a year. This will however differ depending on the climatic conditions of a certain area.

Staining a wooden fence reduces the absorbency of the wood, preventing water from being absorbed into the wood.


  • Keeping it clean


Your fence is exposed to debris and dirt. It is therefore very important to clean it out on a regular basis. When dust and debris enters the wood through cracks, this can cause a lot of damage to the wood.

With a little maintenance and regular cleaning, you can prevent your wooden fence from rot and wearing fast.


  • Replacing wood that is affected by rot


There are instances where you will be unable to save all the wood on your fence and the best solution will be to replace it before it affects the rest of the fencing materials.

John Mofina is a fence specialist who works hard to bring homeowners the highest quality and longest lasting outdoor products, including tips about wood fence rotting.

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