How to rejuvenate your timber fence for summer
As the warmth is fast approaching, now is the time for us Aussies to get to work around the house and something that is overlooked most years is our fences.
Overtime thanks to products like Colourbond, fences are becoming easier to install and far less maintenance than their timber counterparts. However, a lot of properties still have timber fences and after the damp and cooler weather over winter they need some TLC.
Here’s how you can rejuvenate your fence this week – get to work, Dreamers!
Check the quality of the foundation and boards
Before you decide to restore your fence, make sure it’s still in good quality and fit for purpose. Check the foundations in the ground of the fence posts and ensure they are still secure and look for areas where the concrete may have slipped, rotted or flaked away at all. A little pull test on each post will help you to determine if any need re-doing. Assess the fence boards and make sure none are peeling, rotting, have termites or are becoming weak. If there are any problematic foundations or boards, re-pour or replace them immediately.
Give it a good clean
With a pressure cleaner, hose down the fence thoroughly, becing sure to remove any flaked paint and mildew while giving close attention to any stained or dirty areas. You must give it a thorough clean otherwise you are locking bad things into the boards when you give it a varnish. Just use plain water, no soap or additional products to clean it.
Sand all the timber
When the fence is dry again (24-48 hours depending on where you live and sun exposure), sand each board and post. You can do this with a belt sander to get a clean finish. Start with a less abrasive sand paper for the first layer and repeat with a more abrasive sand paper. Be careful not to over sand, but make sure to remove any previous varnish or paint that didn’t come off during the wash so your boards are stripped back to bare wood.
Fill and coat the fence
Fill any holes in the fence with a long-lasting putty to smooth any boards out and coat the boards with your selected varnish or paint. Be sure to follow the instructions and give the fence the appropriate number of coats. It needs the protection to handle the sun, rain, heat and dryness of our wonderful Australian summers.