Essential fence maintenance tips for your commercial property

After installing a fence for your business, proper maintenance will help you reap the full benefits of this investment. Fences are exposed to many different external elements that could deteriorate the material and affect overall functionality.

Whether your fence is made of softwood or durable aluminium panels, staying on top of maintenance tasks will be critical. Here are some essential fence maintenance tips that you should consider for your commercial fence.

Fasten loose fencing boards

Fencing boards/pickets/panels are some of the most important parts of your fence. These panels establish the perimeter of your property and help keep unwanted people or items away. The height of your fence will be determined by your security needs. For example, businesses that deal with costly or sensitive products may opt for higher fences than businesses such as restaurants.

But regardless of height, you'll likely come across loose panels or damaged pickets that require maintenance. Make sure you fasten loose nails and caulk damaged nail holes. For boards that are physically damaged, consider replacement so as to ensure the safety and security of your premises.  

Regularly apply a fresh coat of paint

Paint can be used to protect many different types of fences. Specialty coatings also provide durability against corrosion, chips/cracks, and other types of external damage. This is why you should ensure that your paint layer is fresh at all times.

If you have a chain mesh fence (or another type of metal fencing), paint can significantly extend the lifespan of your fencing material. Paint can also maintain the durability of your wooden fences by preventing mould or rot.

Check for insect infestations

Insects can cause extensive damage to wooden fences. From termites to ants and even small birds, insects can turn your wooden planks into food or habitats. For example, termites chew through the wood so as to obtain cellulose. They convert this cellulose into a form of energy that they need for daily activities.

Termites can chew through large quantities of wood within a short period. The good news is that early detection will help you avoid incurring costly damages to your fence. If you notice holes along fence pickets, rotting on the edges, or discoloured boards, you may have a pest infestation. Replace the affected areas and call a pest control service to prevent future occurrences.

Remove mould and mildew

Mould and mildew can also cause damage to your wooden fences. Mould spreads when the wood is exposed to moisture, salts, and other conditions that are favourable for fungi. You can prevent the growth of mould by painting your fence, pressure washing, and replacing areas that have significant rot.  

To learn more, contact a fencing contractor.