Treated wood fence gives a beautiful border to any lawn or home. Cedar is an ideal fence material as it is a fine-grained, long-lasting wood that stands up for moisture and insects. Cedar does not rot easily, and is often the choice of people seeking a fence that is maintenance free. Follow these simple steps to properly treat your cedar fence.
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How to treat a Cedar Fence
Buy a clear wood protection. The Thompson brand is a good choice, but there are many to choose from at your local home improvement store. Clear wood sealants are made with oil that provides long-term protection against wind and weather. It will treated cedar fence from sunlight and water, while preserving its natural beauty. Clean the cedar fence with a garden hose or high pressure washer. Check and remove any stains or marks.
Make sure the wood is clean and dry before two layers of the clear wood preservative. Use a brush and work protective in the wood grain. Wipe off excess protective agents to prevent visible thawing marks. Apply another layer of protective every two years. Keep the sprinklers from hitting the fence to prevent moisture build up and shorten the life of the fence. Prevent vines and shrubs from growing on the fence, which will also shorten the life of your fence. Check your fence for all areas of rot. Replace individual stiles as needed, and treat new wood with the same clear wood preservative.