Since you paid a lot of money for your fence, doing what is necessary in terms of wood fence maintenance is important. You may be surprised to see that most of the time it is quick and easy, but there are some things that are somewhat major. What you will need to do is stain it again after a few years, and of course washing it down is recommended. But that’s only if you have stain on it already, or you want to apply the first stain to it.
Think carefully before you decide to paint your fence, and there are some good reasons for this. Any wood that is outside, and not a tree, is at risk to being degraded by the wind, sun, and rain. Tap into some resources either online or locally and just ask what is best and they can give you highly detailed information. Applying anything to a wooden fence needs to be done in a certain way, and so you have to learn what this is and basically it’s using some type of wood primer. Staining can be funny sometimes, not humorous at all though, in that the tint when it is dried on your fence may be darker than what you looked at when you were shopping. When you are choosing your fence, be sure to take note of all that has to be included with your maintenance plan. This is probably one part of the fence that will need the most attention, and give all of the fence your attention each month with a visual inspection. When your fence is installed, simply ask the contractor who put it in what the best solution is for metal care with the latching device and anything else. In just about all cases you can use a light weight oil to keep it well lubricated and protected from moisture.
There is an area you cannot neglect, and this has everything to do with protective applications to inhibit wood rot and other risks. You may not have thought that a fence would require staining, but this should come as no surprise since the materials are known for this need. Getting someone who knows about this in depth is one solution and you can get expert advice in a variety of ways. You will not be in the habit of looking very closely at your fence, and so to mitigate that behavior simply inspect. Going online to read-up with maintaining your wood fence the best you can, then you will be sure to walk away with expert knowledge. But do talk to the installer because this is the person who has seen a lot of fences, and this person hopefully is a professional. What you will find out is that knowledge will move things along because you will not spending so much time trying to flatten the learning curve.