Sun, wind, rain, snow, rot, and below-ground frost subject wood fences, sheds & decks to a terrific beating. Wood is vulnerable to nature’s punishments, especially rotting.
Tips To Avoid Wood Rot On Your Fences, Sheds & Decks
- Always repair outdoor wood items with the most rot-resistant lumber you can afford.
- Pressure-treated lumber has been saturated with preservatives and lasts almost indefinitely, even with wood that has been buried in the ground, but can be very costly.
- Exterior paints and stains work well above ground but are almost useless below or on wood that has frequent contact with water.
- Carefully inspect all outdoor wood items at least once a year, paying particular attention to posts that are set in the ground, as vegetation will rub against them and trap water, causing wood rot. Posts that weren’t properly treated or set in concrete typically rot away at ground level.
- When you find a problem, contact ANDY OnCall to correct it before the damage spreads. One weak post, for example, could pull down an entire fence, shed or deck.