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The Top Causes of Fence Rot

Published on June 26th, 2019

Fence rot is damage done to fencing typically caused by harsh weather conditions, bacteria growth, and erosion. There are two main kinds of rot that affect wooden fences. These include wet rot and dry rot. Dry rot is when the natural oils in the wood have dried up and the wood is left unprotected, leaving it to splinter and degrade. This occurs when the fence is located in an area where it receives long hours of steady sun, harsh winds, and/or high temperatures with low humidity levels. Dry rot often attracts termites, which can accelerate the decay process.

Wet rot is when a fence is exposed to moisture for excessive periods of time, inspiring fungus and mold growth. Wet rot often occurs at the base of the fence posts during installation if they are not properly installed, or over time in climates that receive large amounts of rain, snow, and/or high humidity levels. Clumps and layers of moist debris that accumulate at the base of fences can also inspire wet rot. Dirt and grime build-up in the cracks and crevices of a wooden fence will start the process off, as well.

In order to prevent fence rot, a wood fence should receive an annual coating of stain and sealant to protect the material from moisture. Regular cleaning with a pressure washer or a bleach and water solution is also important. Debris should be regularly removed and never allowed to gather at the base of the fence. Choosing the right materials makes a big difference, as well. Pressure-treated means the wood has been forced to absorb chemicals that will prevent decay and deter insects. Certain varieties of wood are also more durable than others, such as oak or cedar. Replace rotted or damaged wood as soon as it is discovered.

If your wooden fence has fence rot, and you are looking for a fence company in Skokie or the greater Chicagoland area, call Top Line Fence today. Not only do we know how to fix your fence, but we can repair your damaged wooden fence with better materials and show you how best to prevent fence rot in the future.

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