How To Care For Your Fence

Fences are a relatively low-maintenance investment for the security and comfort they can provide. However, certain factors other than age can determine the lifespan of your fence. We’ve put together a simple maintenance guide specific to each type of common structural material to help you extend the life of your fence.

Wood Fence:

Cost-effective and versatile, with intermittent maintenance necessary.

  • Apply a protective coating immediately upon getting a new fence by staining or painting it.
  • Routinely check for broken or missing panels, missing or loose nails and screws, and damaged hinges and wood. Check that weight-bearing posts are holding up and reinforce them as necessary. Lubricate metal locks and hinges.
  • Scrub with soap and water for basic cleaning. Pressure wash for heavier cleaning.
  • Fence can be pressure washed, scraped, and repainted every 2-3 years.
  • Pressure washed and restain every 5 years.

Aluminum Fence:

Elegant style and visually attractive design, with little to medium maintenance necessary.

  • Rinse with a hose. Work upward and back down to prevent dirt from dripping and streaking. Sponge with mild soap and water for residual spots and rinse immediately with clean water.
  • Avoid abrasives, solvents, and harsh chemicals.
  • Tighten any loose screws and lubricate hinges.

Vinyl Fence:

Premium enclosure and privacy-enhancing, with little maintenance necessary.

  • Simply rinse with a hose. For tougher stains, use a gentle bleach scrubbing cleanser such as SoftScrub and a soft cloth on white vinyl, and opt for bleach-free alternatives for colored vinyl.
  • If the wear is more severe, power washing may be a more effective method of removing stains and caked-on dirt.
  • Vinyl fences require very little maintenance, but check gate posts and hinges every several months to make sure all parts are intact.