Don't Let A Dingy Fence Dampen Your Home's Curb Appeal: Care For Fencing Materials

Entropy is one of the immutable laws of nature. In its most basic form, the law of entropy can be explained as "things fall apart." This law applies particularly to objects that are subjected to the full brunt of mother nature's wrath. For example, a fence is out in the open and must contend with wind, blowing grit, humidity, rot, and so on. A run-down fence can make your whole home look unappealing, so one key to owning a home is to take proper care of your fence. What care you should take depends on the type of fencing material you have. 

Care for Chain-Link Fencing

Chain link fencing is nearly maintenance free, so if you want to free yourself from the burden of washing and staining your fence, chain link is not a bad way to go. On the other hand, if you allow vines and other climbing plants to cover your fence, the weight of the plants can cause your fence to sag. Furthermore, grasses that get caught in your fence can cling to your fence even after you cut them. Thus, you should keep plants away from your chain-link fence. 

Care for a Vinyl-Fence

Vinyl fences are durable and colorfast. In other words, as long as you don't climb on your fence, it should last for decades. The problem is that vinyl fences are designed to be a barrier not a jungle gym. Thus, keep your kids off of your fence. The sun cannot fade your fence's color because it is the same color all the way through. Thus, the only care you should have for a vinyl fence is to wash it with a hose whenever it gets dirty. 

Care for a Wooden Fence

The sun will leach away a wooden fence's color and humid conditions will promote rot. Still, it is hard to compete with the natural beauty of a wooden fence. If you choose to build a wooden fence around your home, you will need to stain or paint it whenever you see signs of fading. Allowing sprinklers to hit your fence will also promote fading, so adjust sprinklers so that they don't hose down your fence. 

With the right care, you can help your fence withstand the forces of mother nature. While there is no such thing as a maintenance-free fence, you can lessen your need to maintain your fence by choosing either a vinyl or chain-link fence. On the other hand, if you are up to painting your fence every few years, a cedar fence is an attractive alternative to either vinyl or chain-link. 

For more information, contact a professional like Family Fence Company.