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With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to give your fence some much-needed attention. After enduring the harsh winter conditions, your fence may need some care to restore its beauty and ensure its longevity.

With Virginia's constant humidity only set to rise as the summer truly begins, and the coastal conditions of our Tidewater/Virginia Beach area customers, it is important to remember that if you want your residential fence to look and perform its best, you must perform somewhat regular maintenance. This will help alleviate the stresses of the at times harsh climate of our Richmond & Tidewater, VA service areas.

Regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of your fence, enhance your property’s curb appeal, and prevent costly repairs down the line. Let's get into Hurricane Fence’s comprehensive guide to spring fence maintenance to ensure that your fence stays in tip-top condition for years to come!

If your fence is damaged beyond simple DIY repairs & maintenance, or if you’re looking to replace your fence altogether, it may be time to get some help from a professional.

Hurricane Fence Co. is here to help you with all of your residential fencing needs. Call us in the Richmond, VA area at 804-353-6030, the Tidewater, VA area at 757-853-5669, or simply send us a message online. Quotes are always complimentary!

Initial Inspection

Start with a thorough inspection of your entire fence line. Look for signs of damage such as broken or missing boards, rust, cracks, or any other wear that winter might have caused, taking note along the way. Check the stability of posts and the condition of gates. 

We’ll go into specific maintenance needs in the next section for each style of residential fence, but for now, pay attention to the following during your inspection: For wooden fences, inspect for signs of rot, insect damage, or warping. For metal fences, look for rust or paint chipping. Vinyl fences should be checked for cracks or discoloration. Taking note of these issues early can help you address them before they worsen.

Maintaining Your Fence

Correctly maintaining your fence will come down to what material your fence is made of. Each material has it's pros and cons and therefore will have its own specific needs to ensure it continues to look and perform its best.

This is especially true for those in our residential service areas, the greater Richmond, VA & Tidewater, VA areas. We all know that Virginia has harsh, humid summers and damp winters. In areas such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, & Norfolk, VA, you also have to worry about the salty conditions, which can drastically impact your coastal Virginia area residential fence

Wood Fence Maintenance

Fence Maintenance Guide 04 Tan Vinyl Residential Fence With Lattice Top
  • Clean your wood fence using a pressure washer or a brush with a mild detergent solution to remove dirt, grime, and mildew.
  • Inspect for loose nails or screws and tighten or replace as needed.
  • Sand down any rough or splintered areas to prevent injuries.
  • Apply a fresh coat of stain or paint to protect the wood from moisture and UV damage. Be sure to choose a product specifically designed for exterior use on fences.
  • Treat the wood with a preservative to resist rot, decay, and insect infestation.

Chain Link Fence Maintenance

  • Check for loose or broken links and repair or replace chain link sections as necessary.
  • Tighten any sagging areas by adjusting the tension wire or adding tension bands.
  • Remove any rust spots with a wire brush and apply a rust-resistant primer and paint.
  • Lubricate gate hinges and latches with a silicone-based lubricant for smooth operation.
  • Trim any nearby vegetation that may be growing into or putting pressure on the fence.

Vinyl Fence Maintenance

A white picket vinyl fence around a homes backyard pool. The pool fence has large french gothic post caps.
  • Clean vinyl fences with a soft cloth or soft-bristled brush using a mild detergent solution. Avoid abrasive cleaners that may scratch the surface.
  • Hose off the fence to remove dirt, dust and cobwebs. For stubborn stains, use a specialized vinyl fence cleaner.
  • Check for loose or damaged pickets or rails and snap them back into place if possible. For more severe damage, replacement may be necessary.
  • Inspect the fence posts to ensure they are sturdy and straight. Correct any leaning as soon as possible.

Aluminum Fence Maintenance

A black aluminum, four foot, picket fence surrounding a homes front yard topped with spear topped pickets.
  • Hose down your aluminum fence to remove superficial dirt and debris.
  • For more stubborn grime, clean with a soft cloth and a mixture of mild detergent and water. Avoid abrasive materials that may scratch the finish.
  • Check for loose or missing fasteners and tighten or replace as needed.
  • Inspect for any signs of corrosion or chipping paint. Sand, prime and paint those spots to prevent further deterioration.
  • Ensure gates are properly aligned and lubricate hinges and latches if needed.

Composite Fence Maintenance

A residential composite fence with a stone finish lining the backyard of a home.
  • Clean your composite fence with a soft-bristled brush or broom to remove dirt and debris. For a deeper clean, use a pressure washer on a low setting.
  • Wash the fence with a composite deck cleaner and a soft-bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose.
  • Inspect for any cracks, splits or damaged boards. Small imperfections can be repaired with a composite material filler; larger damage may require board replacement.
  • Trim any shrubs or vines growing up against the fence to prevent staining and mold growth.
  • Although composite fences don't require paint or stain, they may fade over time. Minimize this by cleaning regularly and protecting the fence from direct sunlight when possible.

Upgrades & Improvements

Consider enhancing your fence's functionality and aesthetic appeal. Upgrades like new latches, hinges, or postcaps can make significant differences. Decorative elements, lighting, or integrating technology for added security are also great improvements. Evaluate any structural enhancements that could extend your fence's lifespan or performance.

DIY Tips & Safety

When performing maintenance yourself, always prioritize safety. Wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and goggles, when painting, staining, or doing any repairs. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for any cleaning agents or paint products. Remember, DIY maintenance is about preventative care– for larger repairs or replacements, professional help may be necessary (call or click for a free quote).

Identify Seasonal Challenges To Come

Understanding what your fence will face in the upcoming seasons can guide your maintenance efforts. Spring and summer bring their own challenges, such as increased rainfall, humidity, and potential for storm damage. Preparing for these can help mitigate future issues, ensuring your fence remains sturdy and attractive year-round.

An extended finishing pier in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Your residential fence must be maintained in order to be ready to face the heat and humidity of Virginia’s warmer months. This sentiment is compounded for those who live in coastal areas, such as Virginia Beach & other Tidewater, VA cities. The salty breeze that comes from the ocean can cause lasting damager to your residential fence is not properly prepared for and acted on quickly when notices. Try to work in a monthly check of your fence line during these months to ensure any issue that comes up can be addressed before it causes permanent or noticeable damage.

Landscaping & Fence Maintenance Synergy

Your fence and landscape can work together to create a beautiful and functional outdoor space. Ensure that landscaping elements do not compromise the fence's integrity—keep plants and soil at a safe distance to prevent moisture-related issues and decay. Use landscaping to your advantage by incorporating designs that complement your fence and enhance privacy and security.

When To Ask For Help

If during your inspection or maintenance you encounter issues beyond your skill set or if significant damage is detected, it's wise to call in professionals. They can address complex problems, provide expert repairs, or advise on a replacement if necessary. Professional services ensure your fence is handled with expertise, which is particularly important for extensive repairs, structural issues, or when specialized knowledge is required.

Regular maintenance is key to extending the life and beauty of your fence. This spring, take the time to inspect, clean, and care for your fence, addressing any issues before they become major problems. Whether you choose to DIY or call in the pros, maintaining your fence is a worthwhile investment in your property's appeal and value. Remember, a well-maintained fence not only looks better but also provides security and privacy for years to come. If you're unsure about any aspect of your residential fence's condition, the team at Hurricane Fence is here to help with expert advice and professional services.

Give us a call or send us a request online for a quote on fence installation and/or replacement, fence repairs, or if you have any questions!

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