How Do I Look After My Fence Panels?
In today’s blog, we are going to be sharing some of our favourite hints and tips to help you care for your garden fence; by answering some of our most frequently asked questions, you can keep your fencing looking fantastic for many years to come!
Why Do My Fence Panels Rattle?
As we all know, the weather in the UK can be very unpredictable and can cause some issues during high winds. A rattling panel will usually occur when the slot for the fence panel is too wide, allowing the panel to move and vibrate, whilst this is not normally an issue, however, in high winds, this can cause the panels to rattle and occasionally lift from the posts, as the gap will allow air pressure to flow around and under the panel.
How Can I Stop My Panels Rattling?
We would recommend using Fence Panel Grips. Thankfully, these are very simple to install, all you need to do is slot this into the gap down the side of your concrete post and once the clip releases, it will expand and hold the panel securely in place. The recommended amount to use would be four clips per panel for maximum stability and durability.
Do Fence Panels Need Treating?
Yes, all fence panels new and old will need treating, panels will arrive from eDecks dip treated, however, they require some maintenance to make sure they last as long as possible.
How Often Should I Treat My Fence Panels?
All new fence panels arrive from eDecks dip treated; if you aren’t planning on painting or staining your panels straight away, we recommend doing so after 2 to 3 years depending on the condition of the wooden panels and old panels need treating once a year. This helps to keep them healthy and protected against the elements.
How Do I Treat My Fence Panels?
Here at eDecks, we recommend using a water-based fence stain on a garden fence is a great way of prolonging the life of fence panels and posts. Fencing stains like Ronseal Fence life one coat is perfect for use on fence panels as they help to protect the timber from cracking, splitting and warping our personal favourite is the Ronseal Fencing Treatment (various colours available) which offers great fencing protection! Once the panels have been cleaned, treated and allowed to dry, fence panels should then be treated with a wood preservative, this will help to prevent future growth of mould and algae. Fence panels that have become heavily soiled with biological growth may require a second treatment.
How Long Do Fence Panels Last?
The typical lifespan of a wooden fence panel is between 10 to 15 years depending on their location and how well they are cared for, the more effort spent trying to maintain, the longer we can expect them to last.
If all this seems like hard work, have you considered our range of composite fencing, not only is it virtually maintenance-free, it will also last for years and years, looking just as fresh as the day it was installed.