Wooden fences are often used as privacy barriers between two houses. However, they are quite fragile because they are constantly exposed to natural aggressions (UV, weather...). It is important to maintain them regularly in order to keep them in good condition and to prolong their life span. In this article, we will mainly present you some products to maintain your wooden fences.
SHOULD A WOODEN FENCE BE MAINTAINED ?
MAINTENANCE OF EXOTIC WOOD FENCES
The need to maintain a wooden fence depends primarily on the type of wood used. If your fence is made of exotic wood, it will not need to be treated because this type of wood is naturally resistant to insects, fungi and the weather. The physical properties of the wood will be maintained over time. Only the aesthetic aspect will deteriorate, the wood will become dull or grey over time. For exotic wood species, the treatment of wooden fences is mainly intended to revive the original colour of the wood and to nourish it.
PROTECTION OF AUTOCLAVED WOODEN FENCES
Autoclave-treated wood does not require any special treatment since it has already been chemically treated against natural aggressions (insects, fungi, moulds, etc.). However, these chemical treatments do not include any UV protection. If you wish to preserve the colour of your wood, you will have to choose a product to revive its colour and fight against the greying of autoclave wood fences.
For other types of wood, it is best to apply a protective product to your wooden fence immediately to keep it in good condition over time.
PRODUCTS FOR MAINTAINING A WOODEN FENCE
There are different products for maintaining a wooden fence. As mentioned above, maintenance of a fence can be done for aesthetic reasons (exotic or autoclave-treated wood species) and/or for technical stability reasons (non-autoclave-treated softwood and others).
PAINTS FOR WOODEN FENCES
For a modern look, you can opt for wood paints such as Exterior Wood Paint PBE900 from our range. We advise you to use microporous paints to let the wood breathe. However, if your wooden fence is made of exotic or tannic wood, it is strongly recommended to apply an undercoat before painting to maximise its adhesion.
Paints are opaque products. They mask the natural grain of the wood for a modern look.
SATURATORS TO REVIVE WOODEN PRIVACY SCREENS
Saturators nourish the wood and protect it from UV radiation. The tinted versions can be used to combat the greying of wooden fences. These products are not film-forming, so they will not peel over time.
Within our range, different saturators can be used to maintain wooden fences depending on the species :
Siding Saturator SB600 for softwoods, hardwoods or autoclaved wood. It is available in clear or tinted versions.
Autoclave Wood Saturator SBA600 for autoclave wood. It is available in a brown autoclave colour (brown tone). If you have autoclaved wood and you want a different shade, you can use the Siding Saturator SB600 which is also suitable for autoclaved wood and is available in a variety of shades.
Exotic Wood Saturator SBE600 for exotic woods. It is available in clear or tinted version.
Black Wood Saturator SNB600 for all types of wood. It allows to stain the wood in black.
Grey Saturator SGA600 for all types of wood. It reproduces and homogenises the greying of the wood. It gives an aged wood effect.
Marine Wood Saturator SBM600 for protecting wood on the seashore. It will be very suitable for the maintenance of fences in a maritime environment.
If the wood is new, you can apply the saturator directly to the wood after a few weeks of exposure.
If your wood has never been maintained, the saturators for wooden fences are applied to non-greyed and non-blackened wood. The wood must therefore be prepared before the saturator is applied :
If your wooden fence is greyed out (grey haze on the surface due to UV radiation), the Wood Degreaser DG105 will eliminate the greying of the wood.
If your wood has old, non-film-forming finishes (saturators, oils), you will need to remove the previous finish with a cleaner such as Wood Cleaner N100 or the Concentrated Wood Cleaner N140. To renovate a wooden fence, the action of the Wood Degreaser DG105 will be a good complement before applying the saturator.
If your wood has old film-forming finishes (stains, varnishes, paints), you will have to sand it back to the raw wood before applying the saturator.