Wood soaks up water like a dry sponge, and as wood dries out, it contracts. With this continues expanding and contracting, the wood begins to crack, warp, and splinter. Fences are also exposed to ultra-violate rays from the sun, which break down wood cells, causing the wood to deteriorate. Additionally, rain water can actually wash the color out of certain types of woods, like redwood and cedar.
Protecting your fence from the elements is actually very easy. The solution is to apply a seal or waterproofer to the wood. Waterproofers can be brushed on or applied with garden sprayers. Brushing is the ideal way to apply waterproofers as it works the sealer into the wood pores much more than spraying. Sealers and waterproofers come in clear and tinted varieties, meaning that you can stain and seal your wood at the same time.
To learn more about protecting a wood fence, please contact the Austin wood fencing experts of Viking Fence by calling 1-800-252-8117.