Wood fences are probably the most popular of all fences that people purchase for the boundaries of their homes. It may, or may not, be the type of fence that most people buy, but most people will agree that the wooden fence is the most attractive. The flip side to this attractiveness is that they require a great deal of maintenance. Preventing rot and decay in your wooden fence is definitely a major concern for any wooden fence owner. There are several things to consider before and after purchasing your wooden fence.

Homeowners should first be concerned about the type of wood being used for their fence. There are certain types of fence materials that hold up better against the elements than others. You should want to install the most durable fence wood that you can. This wood will typically be cedar or redwood for fences. These types of wood are naturally able to resist a lot of rot and decay. Other woods that are stronger will be used on the home’s construction.

Pressure treatment for the wooden posts is also a great start. The posts go down into the ground, which is where a lot of the rot and decay can begin because of the insects and the wet and cool ground. When the wood is treated, it means it has a resistant to bugs or water damage. This pressure treatment is referring to the posts only, not the picket, because the posts will be underground.

After a while there may be some splitting in the wood, or warping under normal conditions like rain and drying. There is always some type of sealant that can be applied to the fence, which can be found at any number of hardware stores. Usually, if the wood has been treated, there is no need for an extra sealant. Another tip for homeowners is to not let sprinklers continue to wet fences, which can unwittingly dry and damage them.