When to treat fence panels - Fence care

Sheridan fencing - Dave Relf

With 40 years of experience as a fence installer, I highly recommend painting or creosoting your new fence approximately 16 months after its initial installation. By this time, the fence will have settled, allowing it to naturally adjust to its environment and fully dry out. This is the ideal window to apply paint or creosote, as it's when these treatments can work their magic most effectively.

Indeed, painting or treating a fence can be a chore, but the benefits make it worthwhile. Here are some advantages of painting or treating your fence:

  1. Enhanced Appearance: A fresh coat of paint or treatment can rejuvenate the appearance of your fence, making it look like new and adding to your property's curb appeal.

  2. Protection: Paint acts as a protective barrier, shielding the wood from the elements. It helps prevent water absorption, which can lead to rot, and also protects against UV damage.

  3. Extended Lifespan: The protective layer created by paint or treatment can significantly extend the lifespan of your fence by preventing decay, insect damage, and weathering.

  4. Easy Maintenance: Painted or treated fences are easier to maintain. Regular inspections and touch-ups are less time-consuming than addressing extensive damage or decay.

  5. Color Customization: Painting allows you to choose the color that best complements your property and landscaping, giving you creative control over the fence's appearance.
  6. Weather Resistance: Paint and treatments help your fence withstand harsh weather conditions, reducing the likelihood of warping, splitting, or other weather-related damage.

  7. Cost Savings: While the initial work of painting or treating your fence may seem like a hassle, it can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for costly repairs or replacement.

  8. Personal Satisfaction: A freshly painted or treated fence can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride in your property's appearance.

Remember to choose the right paint or treatment for your specific type of fence and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for application and maintenance to ensure the best results.

Sheridan Fencing is a well-established local fencing expert in Medway with over four decades of experience, serving the community with a strong commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. With a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of the region's fencing needs.