Tips in Maintaining Your Fence to Keep Looking Like New

14 January 2020

Maintaining your fence so that it looks as good as new can be a daunting task, depending on the type of material. But the crux of the dilemma starts with understanding what your specific fencing type needs in order to keep it in tip-top shape. Understanding your specific fencing type guarantees that you know exactly what you need to do to properly maintain its new look.

What sort of materials should be required for maintenance, and how long a typical maintenance job should last before being required again? Here’s a quick look at how to take care of most fencing types with relative ease.

Maintaining Your Fence to Look Like New

If you’re looking to maintain your fence without the hassle or expense of having to call in professionals to do the job for you, often at extremely exorbitant prices, then here’s how you go about doing it yourself using whatever limited tools you may have at your disposal.

Step One – know your fencing type. There are innumerable fencing varieties out there; all made from various materials and requiring specific care and maintenance instructions. Knowing the fencing material you have – whether its cast iron, brass, wood, moulded concrete or stone, ensures that you get things done right the first time.

Step Two – know your maintenance tools. Some fences, like wooden picket fences for example, require an annual buffing to remove old, dried and flaking paint or lacquer. In the past, this was painstakingly done by hand with the help of various grits of sandpaper. Today, however, automated tools are now widely available to make the job much faster and more efficient. Knowing what tools to use and how to properly use them makes your maintenance job much easier and faster.

Step three – know your maintenance techniques. Some people make the mistake of assuming all maintenance tips revolve around the same technique (i. e. buffing, polishing, sealing). Sometimes, specialised fencing materials like stone do ‘not’ fare well with standard maintenance techniques and require a specialised approach – and in this case, relatively nothing is needed.

Stone requires very little to almost no form of assisted maintenance aside from the occasional brushing and washing down to remove lichen or moss, if they are unwanted. On rare occasions, re-grouting and replacing loose or broken bricks may be required.

Some fencing types, such as aluminium fencing or tubular fencing that are used as pool fencing, do not need any maintenance, except for an occasional hose-down. These are the preferred modern-day fencing solutions most homeowners are turning to, because these fences always look new.


To know more about essential information regarding your different fencing needs, contact us at Fence a Million. We can provide you with high quality, seamless fencing solutions.