A wooden fence brings a classic appeal to your home, along with safety and security. However, many Austin homeowners have experienced the big nightmare of a rotting fence. With proper care and maintenance, it’s possible to delay rot. But before we discuss some tips to do that, let us understand the different types of rots that can ail your wooden fence-
Types of Rots
Your wooden fence gets exposed to a good amount of water, thanks to the rain, snow, or the irrigation water for your garden. Since soil holds water well, the lower part of your fence comes in contact with water, which is a favorable growth environment for Cellar fungus that causes wet rot.
Wet rot occurs when the wood absorbs more than fifty percent water. It’s easy to recognize wet rot. Wet-rot affected wood feels spongy or soft upon touching. Sometimes, the wood beneath the painted exterior goes soft, while the outer surface appears intact. You will also observe a damp smell near your fence.
Dry rot occurs when your wood absorbs twenty percent moisture. It is also called brown rot. The fungus that causes brown rot draws moisture from a wet area to dry areas, spreading the damages.
Dry rot affected wood show deep cracks in the grain pattern. The wood acquires an abnormal brown color and easily crumbles when touched. You can also see white and wool-like mycelium of fungus growing on the wood.
Yet another fungus that’s the enemy of your wooden fence, white rot mostly affects hardwood fence. The wood turns into a solid, string-like material with an abnormal white or yellow color.
How to Prevent Fence Rot?
These precautions will go a long way in treating stem rot-
Choose wood species that are resistant to fungal attacks, like redwoods, cyprus, oak, etc. You can also go for pressure-treated wood, whereby preservatives are forced in the insides of the wood. The preservatives ward of the attacks of fungus and insects.
Use bleach and water solution to clean your fence. You can use a low-pressure hose for the cleaning. Regular cleaning will keep your fence free from rot in all seasons.
Raw wood tends to absorb water, so when you get the fence installed, ask for the application of a coat of stain. Reapply stain in every one to three years. The frequency of reapplication varies on the basis of the surroundings.
Ensure that the fence is installed correctly; the fence posts should not be in direct contact with soil. If you hire the services of skilled professionals, then it would be surely taken care of.
If you observe one or few rot-affected posts, quickly replace them before the fungus spreads to more posts. And after that, apply a fresh coat of paint on the entire fence.
While rotting of a fence is a common problem, it’s quite possible to prevent it. Measures were taken at the time of installation and timely intervention on rot attacks can help you minimize the damage.