Damage, a hike in prices and even theft – there’s no doubt that the fencing panel shortage has had a profound, even frenzied effect on the British public.
A couple of weeks ago figures emerged indicating a 30% hike in fence panel prices as so many fence panels had been damaged during this winter’s bad weather.
If you want to make sure that you’re not a victim of the fence shortage (and have to pay a hefty price for a new one) then Ronseal have come to the rescue with their top tips on how to look after your existing fence.
Tip 1 – Don’t give up on it
Your fence might look like it’s on its last legs but there are plenty of things to be done to your fence before you give in – such as cleaning it, replacing a couple of panels and applying a good layer of protection.
Tip 2 – Scrub it
If your fence has been battered by the elements then it will be covered in muck and dirty rain water.
Get your fence back to new by giving it a good scrub with a stiff bristle brush and a mild detergent – this should remove most stains. However, if stains on your fencing are a bit tougher add 1 or 2 cups of bleach to a bucket of warm water. If you do use bleach, make sure to wear gloves and safety glasses to be cautious.
Tip 3 – Wash it
Once you’ve removed the dirt and cobwebs, it’s time to hose it down. This will ensure you’ve got rid of any dust and remaining muck. Leave the fence to dry fully before you do anything else.
Tip 4 – Strengthen it
Winter will probably have done some damage to your fence – but a little damage doesn’t deserve a trip to the tip.
Ronseal can’t fix the shortage of fencing panels for you but we can give you some pointers on how to strengthen your fence so that next time a storm strikes – your fence is rock solid. Most fences have a beam of wood running along the middle – simply hammer in another one either above or below this to give some added support. Job done.
Tip 5 – Protect it
Now that you’ve removed the dirt and prepped your fence for any gale-force winds, it’s time to protect it against the elements (and make it look good). Apply a layer of Ronseal One Coat Fence Life (click here) to your fence, either with a brush or the handy spray and it will last a couple of years.
The great part is that it will be rain-proof in a couple of hours and there are plenty of colours to choose from too.
Don’t waste your time and money searching for a fence panel; revive your existing fence instead.
This means less time working, more time relaxing. If you want to go all out why not give your decking a once over too, with some decking stain by Ronseal. That way you have a fresh looking garden – just in time for the better weather.