# Tips for Maintaining Various Fence Materials in Texas

December 08, 2023
Tips For Maintaining

Maintaining a Texas fence can enhance its durability, aesthetics, and functionality. Southland Fence & Supply installs different types of fences for commercial and residential clients in Houston and the surrounding areas. Here are four tips for maintaining various fence materials in Texas:

Clean Regularly

Regular cleaning can help your Texas fence maintain curb appeal and structural integrity. You can clean all styles of fences, including wood, chain link, vinyl, aluminum, and brick and stone. Clean wooden fences with a power washer or mild detergent to remove dirt and mildew.

Use a garden hose to spray down your chain-link or aluminum fence, which will help remove surface dirt and dust. Use a gentle detergent and a soft brush for vinyl fences to clean them, and avoid abrasive materials to prevent scratching. When cleaning brick and stone fences, use a pressure washer with a low-pressure nozzle to avoid damaging the mortar.

Stain and Seal Consistently

Wooden fences need routine staining to protect them from the elements and extend their lifespan. Common types of wood used for fences include cedar, redwood, pine, and fir. Stains contain UV inhibitors that help protect the wood from the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can cause the wood to fade and deteriorate over time.

Sealers offer protection to wood fences against moisture infiltration. They create a water-resistant barrier that can help prevent rot, swelling, and warping. At Southland Fence & Supply, we can recommend the proper sealants and stains for your wooden fence. We also offer quality fence staining services for our clients.

Lubricate Periodically

Many fences, such as aluminum, wooden, or vinyl fences, have gates with hinges that pivot as the gate opens and closes. Lubricating these hinges with a silicone-based lubricant helps maintain smooth operation and prevents rust. Use a dry lubricant that won’t attract dirt or moisture for fences with wooden components.

Fences with swing gates often have latch mechanisms and hinge points that should also be lubricated regularly. Chain-link fences with rolling gates or gate mechanisms that use chains may benefit from occasional lubrication to reduce friction. If you have sliding gates in iron or chain-link fences, apply lubricant to the gate’s track and the rollers or wheels for proper functioning.

Check for Wear and Tear Occasionally

If you own wooden fences, you’ll want to examine wooden posts, rails, and pickets for signs of wear so you can stain or replace them. For vinyl fences, check for fading, rust, cracking, and warping. Wrought iron or aluminum fences could have signs of bends, separated joints, and corrosion.

Chain-link fences could have damaged links or sagging components that need repair. Brick and stone fences could have loose stones and mortar erosion that require professional fixing.

Choose Reliable Texas Fence Installers

At Southland Fence &Supply, we design and install several residential and commercial fence types to suit your needs and budget. Take advantage of our staining services to enhance your fence’s visual appeal and service life. Contact us today to learn more about our residential and commercial fencing options.