Treated pine boards can be used to make fences since they are designed to withstand harsh weather elements better than their untreated counterparts. All the same, nothing is fully protected from the elements. Treated pine fences will need to undergo maintenance if they are to hold up well for a long time.
Setting up a yearly maintenance schedule assists in keeping the fence in good shape for many years to come. Maintenance is not a daunting task as long as you have the right tools and guidelines:
Things You Will Need
There are several items you will need to maintain your treated pine fence. Some of them are optional while others are mandatory:
- Latex paint (which is optional)
- Pressure washer
- Wood brightener
- Mildew cleaner
- Wood sealer (the wood sealer you use can be with or without an ultra-violet stabiliser)
Start by sealing the slats and posts immediately after you install them. This will ensure the nice tan wood colour is maintained. The wood that has been sealer can be painted on the slats and posts using a paintbrush. If you want to keep the wood looking new, you need to get a sealer with an ultra-violet stabiliser. Sealers without the stabiliser will fade within a short time. In case you prefer a weathered look, use any water repellent sealer once the wood turns grey.
To remove any build-up, use any mildew cleaner once every year because it treats the wood. It would be better if you find one that has a wood brightener in it. This will ensure you combine build-up removal with wood brightening. Remember to reapply the sealer after you finish cleaning the wood. If you do not, the wood is likely to fade. In case you have gone more than a year between cleanings, you will need to thoroughly clean the wood. The best way to clean is by using a pressure washer.
This step is not mandatory, but is recommended especially if you can afford the materials needed. Paint the wood fence using an outdoor latex paint if you want to your treated pine fence to have a more complete protection. To make sure you get minimal coverage, paint at least two coats. Three to four coats are recommended for optimum coverage. In case the fence chips, you will need to use touch up paint. Grime and dirt can be removed by pressure washing at least once a year.