Washing and Staining a Cedar Fence

Washing and staining your cedar fence can add a modern look and style to your yard or garden. When using the tools to wash and stain your cedar fence, work with care to avoid damaging the cedar. Staining your cedar fence will help increase the longevity of the fence, by sealing the wood, and trapping the natural oils within the surface of the fence material.

Remove any large plants that are situated near the cedar fence. Pull out any tall weeds that are growing near the fence. This will help you in clearing the area for washing your cedar fence.

Keep handy your power washer. You will need to hook up the washer to a hose. Then press the power button. Stand about one and a half feet away from the fence and spray the water evenly in an up-and-down fashion. After some time, when that section of the fence has been fully washed, stop washing that section of the fence and move on to the next section. Allow the fence to dry completely, before moving on to the next step.

Next, apply a layer of paint roller using a color of your choice, and roll on a layer onto the entire fence. Allow the wood to soak in the layer of paint and let it dry. Then, apply another layer of stain by using the roller again.

Let the fence completely dry for 24 hours before lining up anything against it.

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The Best Type Of Cedar For Building Fences

There are many reasons for building a cedar fence, be it to mark off an area for privacy or to provide a boundary for your garden or lawn, Western Red Cedar is the best choice for the job. Western Red Cedar is highly acclaimed for its natural beauty and excellent properties that make it ideal for building cedar fences.

The cedar fence can be any shape or style and Western Red Cedar will provide formidable quality, gorgeous appearance and durability. It is resistant to decay and rot and insects. It is a stable wood that will not shrink or expand like some woods will, so you will have a strong and sturdy fence that provides a wonderful addition to your home.

When buying Western Red Cedar for building your fence, it is important to spend some time doing research for the different grades and textures that are available. There are many choices that are available and depending on how you want your fence to look, there are many different grades and textures.

There are textures to make it elegant and classy looking. There are also textures and styles to make it rustic looking. You also have beautiful pre cut patterns available that can add some nice detail to your fence.

Western Red Cedar is the most appropriate choice for building a fence. This beautiful wood has natural texture and is complemented by a uniform and fine-grained texture. Western Red Cedar is durable, and has one of the longest lifespan of any softwood

Its low density gives it an insulation value that is superior to most other softwoods.

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Applying the Finish to Your Cedar Fence

Cedar fencing can provide an aesthetic, beautiful and durable solution to your fencing needs. Cedar, for instance Western Red Cedar, is an extremely weather resistant and durable material, with a long and successful history of use in the construction industry. The robust properties of cedar can be used to construct a sturdy and durable cedar fence.

A cedar fence can undergo wear and tear in the form of graying. Regular care of your cedar fence can help prevent your fence from graying.

Some of the finishes that can be applied to a cedar fence to increase its strength and durability are not natural products. Some of the best finishes to a cedar fence are oil-based. You have the choice of going with purely natural products for applying a finish to your cedar fence, or using synthetic preservatives.

Things you will need to apply finish to a cedar fence are wood finish, a paintbrush, bleach, a bucket and a scrub brush.

Cedar fence can be applied a finish in a variety of ways. The most common ways of applying a finish are rolling, spraying and brushing. When painting cedar, a good water repellent must be sprayed first, allowing plenty of time for it to dry. Then you should apply a primer coat before you spray a final coat of actual paint. You can then use a natural finish like a water repellent. Keep in mind, though, that it will need to be reapplied every year or two depending on the wood and the exposure to the natural elements.

Maintaining your finish is simple if you clean the dirt and any mildew off the wood from time to time. You should make sure to use a mildew remover on mildew. Stains on your cedar fence can be caused by being exposed to excess moisture or using the wrong fasteners like iron fasteners which rust. Avoid this situation by using only stainless steel fasteners. Fences have full exposure to the elements, so to make your fence more durable and effective, make sure you use the right materials.

Apply a water-repellent paint to your cedar fencing once every year or two. Products suitable to treat cedar are available at your local home improvement store like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Make the necessary effort to preserve your cedar fence by choosing a transparent stain that will preserve the beauty of your cedar fence and protect it by preventing water from seeping into the wood.

It is important to prevent mildew growth on your fence so as to prevent graying. Mildew often appears on cedar fences and has the affect of turning the wood gray. A little care and attention and the right maintenance schedule can help prevent your cedar fence from graying.

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The Benefits of Cedar Fencing

Cedar fencing is the right choice for an individual who wants a sturdy, beautiful and natural looking fence that is also durable and effective. Cedar fences are commonly made from Western red cedar. Western Red Cedar is an aromatic wood that is famous for its awesome beauty and its natural resistance to insects and decay. Cedar wood is very durable and strongly resists rot and decay that many other types of softwood suffer from.

A key reason cedar wood is well renowned for building fences with, is its dimensional stability. Cedar boards have twice the stability of other softwoods. This makes them easy to work with, yet strong and resilient under prolonged exposure to the natural elements. Cedar fencing has 80% of the strength of oak, but at a much lighter weight.

A yard that is surrounded by cedar fencing also looks beautiful. You can avoid the ugly unnatural look of plastic, by choosing cedar fencing.

Cedar wood is superior to many other types of wood, like pine or oak. It is naturally resistant to changes in weather conditions. It is also resistant to insects. This makes cedar fencing an excellent choice for building fences with. In addition to that, cedar wood fencing also has an advantage, when compared to other softwoods, in that the cedar wood has less than half of the expanding and shrinking tendencies that other woods have. This wood does not warp. It holds up well and is durable. It is not surprising to see fences made of this wood to last for half a century.

Cedar wood fencing material is beautiful, with a rich color, grain, and texture with some strong red tones that will make fences made from cedar to stand out from just any other fence. Sometimes cedar fencing materials will be labeled “Western Red Cedar”.

Cedar Fencing

If you want a quality natural wood fence that combines the best of beauty and durability, then cedar fencing is the best choice for what you’re looking for. Cedar fencing materials come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit any specified fencing needs you may have, so you should have no difficulty finding the exact kind of cedar fence that you need for your back yard or garden.
There are many options for purchasing cedar fencing, ranging from pre-cut to pre-patterned cedar fencing. This can include round, pointed or spearhead tops, as some of the options readily available.

If its natural beauty, durability and longevity you want, cedar fencing is the best option out there, from amongst the various softwoods.

Build Your Fence Part 2

Now that you’ve lined up the string for setting your posts, it’s time to get digging. Typically you want to go 18-24 inches down into the ground. If you don’t dig far enough your posts will lean or topple over in time. Make sure you use concrete, people often try to skimp by and just fill the dirt back in the fence will assuredly fall over given enough time.

Once the posts are set in concrete, it’s time to let them set over 24 hours. If you don’t let them properly cure you may get each post off line and throw off your nice new fence. After the drying is done, its time to put up the 2×4’s and the fence boards. Cut each 2×4 to 8 feet and put on a top and bottom rail at a minimum. After that you can put on your fence boards and can even throw up some custom lattice if you like the look.

Many people like post caps as it adds a nice look to the fence rather than leaving a naked post. Now that you’ve built your fence, I’m sure all your neighbor’s will want you to do the same for them!

Build Your Own Fence Part 1

If you have the know how and the desire, building your own fence can be a rewarding and fiscally responsible decision. The first thing you need to do is mesaure off the distance where your fence is going to go. If you’re building a chain link fence plan on about 10 feet between the posts and for cedar it’s standard to do an 8 foot span between posts. After you’ve calculated your linear footage, tally up the number of 2×4’s, fence boards (commonly 1x4x6’s) and posts that you’re going to need.

After you have an accurate count of materials, it’s time to order. As a homeowner you will most likely be getting your materials from a big box store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. The posts you get from a big box store typically measure 3.5 x 3.5 inches which is smaller than the oversized 4.125 x 4.125 inch posts that fence builders commonly use. You will also find it hard to get high quality 1 x 4 x 6 fence boards at the bigger box stores, but if you pick and choose the right materials you can usually find what you need.

The next step is to set your posts. The easiest method for lining up your posts is to set a string along the line you’re looking to build. It’s important that you know where your property line is so you don’t overbuild. In Part 2, we’ll talk about building your fence.