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Preventing Mold and Mildew Build-Up

Published on August 17th, 2020

If you have an older fence in your yard, you may notice over time that it has begun developing a greenish hue or streaks. Mold and mildew are natural offenders that are more likely to flourish in humid climates, but can occur anywhere there’s moisture. It’s no surprise that many people find the greenish coloring unsightly and therefore seek out ways to remove it. Today, we’ll describe ways to prevent this buildup on two common fencing types.

Wooden Fences

If you can, it’s best to address the progressive issue of mold and mildew early in development. With time, these natural offenders can stubbornly dig in and stick to wooden fences. One of the best ways to prevent mold, mildew, and the elements from wearing on your fence is to stain and protect the wood. 

If the wood of your fence is untreated, you can choose to spray it down using 3 parts water to 1 part bleach. Finish by rinsing with water. This process, repeated as needed, can help keep your fence looking its best. Keeping plants at least 1 foot away from your fence can also help reduce the possibility of mold and mildew forming.

Vinyl Fences

Vinyl fences come with certain durability benefits, but are not impervious to this type of organic buildup. On the contrary, vinyl fences may become permanently discolored by mold and mildew, so it’s important to keep an eye out for growth. As with wooden fences, keeping plants at a 1-foot distance can help reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew appearing.

Regularly cleaning your vinyl fence with a solution made from water and white vinegar will help keep it looking bright. The amounts are variable: start with about 1/2–1 cup of white vinegar to 1-2 gallons of water, depending on the amount of buildup and your tolerance for the smell of vinegar. Apply the solution directly using a rag, or spray it down and then wipe. When you’re finished, hose the fence down.

Contact Our Fence Repair Company Close to Chicago

If your fence has already incurred a good amount of mold and mildew, you may be able to remove it by upping the ante and using more powerful solutions and a bit of elbow grease. At a certain point, it may be better to replace the fence altogether. Our fence repair company close to Chicago does more than mend damaged fences, we can also replace them! We’ve been repairing and replacing fences since 1972. Contact Us Today to discuss a new fencing project or schedule repairs.

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