Caring For Your Fence

Your garden fence outlines the boundary of your property, so it must stay looking great all year round. Such tender loving care is required to ensure your fence is freshened up and protected from the elements.

Transforming and treating your fence has wider effects for your whole garden – it can completely change its look and feel and help you achieve the aesthetic you are looking for. It’s sometimes forgotten that they’re a stylistic asset as much as a functional one.

Step 1: Cleaning your fence

When giving your fence a full refresh, it’s often good to start by giving it a good clean. This allows you to start anew when thinking about treatment and design choices.

Providing your fence is sturdy enough, a pressure washer can be used to blast away dirt and expose a fresh layer of wood.

If you’re trying to remove stubborn dirt and mould, using a wood cleaning treatment or watered-down bleach will help to lift and loosen it so you can finish it with your pressure washer.

Be sure to give your timber the time it needs to dry completely before treating it.

Step 2: Repair your fence

Between cleaning and treating your fence is a great time to make any necessary repairs.

Keep an eye out for any areas where the wood is splitting or rotting. These can be replaced and repaired depending on the amount of damage.

Step 3: Protecting your fence

While a vast majority of fence panels are already pre-treated or pressure-treated when you buy them, it is always a great idea to add your additional treatment. It can add extra years of worth of protection and save you the hassle and cost of future maintenance.

When it comes to choosing the right product, decking oil is perfect for preserving and protecting your garden fence panels. It helps them last longer by providing outstanding water resistance and keeps them looking their best with UV protection.

For the most protection, start by applying two coat of wood preserver before adding two coats of decking oil on top.

If you want to bring the best out of the wood grain while retaining ‘the natural look’ why not go for clear or natural wood preservers and decking oils.


Final Step: Colouring your fence

Adding a nice splash of colour is an excellent way to add a nice decorating touch to your fence.

If you want to combine design and protection, decking oils and wood preservers are available in a range of stylish shades.

For more freedom when it comes to choosing colours, preservers or fence or shed treatment can be applied on top of clear preserver or under clear wood oil, and they give you plenty of room for creativity.

Create a stylish modern aesthetic with a Country Cream or Tudor Black. Or try a less conventional take on traditional with a Red Cedar or Harvest Gold.

Or if you are feeling bold – you could go for some Cuprinol and have a wide range of colourful shades available to add some nice colour to your garden beyond the flower beds.

Make sure you apply paint or stains in the same direction as the grain to get the absolute best finish.

For all your wood and timber-related products why not get in touch with the team at Wood Lane Timber Merchants Ltd on 0115 964 0888 or email

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