If you're looking for a way to give your yard a personalized look, consider installing custom wood fencing. Not only will it give your outside space the privacy and security that you need, but it will add plenty of aesthetic value as well.
While you can go with an authentic-looking faux wood fence, it can't compare to the beauty of the real thing. Solid wood fences are also known for their long-lasting durability as well. Since wood is a natural material, you will have to take some precautions, such as using sealants and stains, to protect it from the elements. You'll also need to give it a little regular TLC for the best results.
Traditional wood picket fences will give your front and backyards a clean, classic look, but you can also go with a customized fence if your budget allows. Some personalized options include arbors, custom wrought iron gates, latticework, pergolas, and entry accents.
You'll also have a choice of wood from which to choose. Although pine is one of the more affordable options, cedar contains natural insect-repellent properties that may save you money down the road.
After you've chosen the perfect wood fence for your home, here are some tips for maintaining it.
1. Keep it Clean
Since natural wood fences are susceptible to staining from the natural elements, such as mud, it's important to keep it as clean as possible. For instance, after a strong storm, use your hose to rinse off any debris.
To prevent or remove any mold or mildew growth, you'll need to use a soap that is specifically designed for use on wood. Make sure that it's non-toxic so that you don't contaminate the groundwater supply.
Another way that you can deep-clean your wood fence is by either buying or renting a pressure washer. To avoid damaging the wood, choose a washer that is rated 1500-200 psi. For an especially dirty fence, you can also use a soft-bristled brush or a sponge and soap in conjunction with the pressure washer.
2. Protect the Fence
At least once every year or two, treat the fence with a new coat of sealant or stain. Apply the product to large areas using a roller, and smaller, tighter spaces with a brush. You may need to apply two coats, depending on how dark you want the wood to look. You can also go for a customized look with a coat or two of outdoor paint.