Fence Gate Repair in Lake Arrowhead Ca
It is not just a cliche that good fences make good neighbors! So you have a new fence this summer? It is time to do a few things which will add more life to your fence. Just a bit of work now will pay you back in the long run. Getting it done before frost is important. If you have a typical pressure treated lumber fence then maintenance now will save headaches in the future.
Did you or your fence installer tamp around the posts after installation? Missing this important step can result in loosened posts and water pooling at the base of the posts. My preferred method is a simple 10 lb. sledge-hammer and a length of two-by-four. If tamping was missed, do it now. Hammer the ground around the fence post with either the sledge or the sledge applied to the two-by-four. Do not whack the base of the post with the sledge. This can damage the post. Practice this technique on your parents old fence or a local vacant lot if you are not handy with a sledge-hammer. Wear safety shoes! Wearing good work gloves can help prevent blisters on your hands if you have a lot of tamping to do. Compacting and compressing the soil around the base increases the wind resistance. Look around your neighborhood I am sure you will find examples of fences that are leaning after just a few seasons of weather. Always add an inch or two of soil around the base to ensure water run off.
Horse Fence in Lake Arrowhead Ca
One of the first steps in restoring any Lake Arrowhead outdoor wood surface is cleaning the surface using specialized cleaners and a pressure washer. The purpose of this cleaning is to remove mildew, mold and fungus as well as any graying that may have resulted from water and UV rays. The pressure washer, in conjunction with the cleaners, can prep your wood surfaces for staining and sealing. While this might seem like a do-it-yourself project, it is highly recommended homeowners hire professionals due to the hazards of working with pressure washers and cleaners. In addition, without the proper knowledge and experience, anyone choosing to clean their outdoor wood surfaces themselves can damage the wood or worse.
Lake Arrowhead Staining
For most outdoor surfaces, experts recommend stain instead of paint. This is due to the fact that stains not only penetrate wood more than paint, it also won't peel like paint may, saving you time and money down the road.In situations where a deck is too old and wouldn't look good with an application of a transparent stain, a full body stain can be used instead. While a full body stain looks a lot like paint it still penetrates the wood like a stain and won't crack or peel as paint does over time.
By far the most important step in refinishing your outdoor wood surfaces is sealing it. This not only protects the wood from harmless UV rays and water damage, it also keeps your deck looking like new. There are a number of wood sealing products on the market and while each is designed to do the same thing, some are far better than others. When sealing your outdoor wooden surfaces it is strongly recommended you hire a professional near Lake Arrowhead. Not only will they be able to complete the job in a fraction of the time you could do it yourself, they will also usually guarantee their work. This helps to ensure your outdoor wooden surfaces are beautiful for years to come.
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