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Caring For A Cedar Fence: Important Dos And Don'ts

Cedar is a popular wood option for decking and fencing--and for good reason. Not only is it naturally beautiful, but it's also durable enough to last for many years with proper maintenance. If you're thinking of having cedar fence installation services on your property or have recently acquired a property with cedar fencing, it's important to understand what to do (and what not to do) in order to properly care for your fence.

DO Treat Mold/Mildew Promptly

Most types of fencing are prone to mold and/or mildew growth, especially in areas that don't receive a lot of sunlight. The important thing to keep in mind here is that mildew and mold should be removed/treated as quickly as possible on cedar fencing; otherwise, this can cause long-term damage to the wood. In most cases, using a a bleach/water mixture with a scrub brush is enough to get rid of mold and mildew on a cedar wood fence.

You can also prevent mold and mildew growth in the first place by simply cleaning your cedar fence every few months. Combining a gentle dish soap and some warm water in a bucket and then using a large scrub brush will remove surface debris; then, rinse away with a garden hose.

DON'T Allow Vine/Weed Growth

While there's nothing wrong with having landscaping around a cedar wood fence, you'll want to avoid any weeds or vines from growing up along the fence itself. These can harm the surface and structural integrity of a cedar fence over time. 

DO Seal (And Re-Seal) As Needed

Your cedar fence should be sealed shortly after it is installed. This seal-coat will protect the wood itself from damage due to moisture, excessive heat/cold, and other elements. A protective sealant on your fence will only last a few years, however, so you'll need to make sure to have this re-done as needed in order to keep your cedar fence protected.

DON'T Place Sprinklers Near Fencing

While it's impossible to protect a cedar fence from precipitation, long-term exposure to steady water can cause even a properly sealed cedar fence to rot--so it's a good idea to build a cedar fence away from any existing sprinklers (or to adjust the spray of your sprinklers accordingly).

With the right care and maintenance, a cedar fence can look its best for many years to come and you can avoid the need for costly repairs or fencing replacement.