Taking care of Pressure Treated Pine Board on Board Fences have been challenging. Sprinkler systems that are not set properly will show water marks. Boards warp easily, boards will also crack from drying out.
Setting the sprinklers properly (not watering the fence itself) will diminish the signs of water damage and may prevent the mold, mildew and black marks that appear on the fence over time.
A good maintenance process will help keep a pine fence looking good for years. It is recommended to clean the fence every three to four years with a bleach solution to clean all the dirt, debris, green mildew and mold off the fence.
By doing this the fence doesn’t get the white and black scars on the fence. Once the pine wood turns white there is no cleaning it, bleaching it to make it look new.
The white and black on a pine fence means there has been years of neglect on the fence pickets where the water continues to absorb into the wood. Over time the pores of the wood seal up (get clogged) then may turn white or black. The scars in fact are permanent.
In the videos below Robert Barnes shows you what to look for on the pine fence. This particular fence has so many challenges but offers a great visual of the different problems a pine fence has without a good maintenance program.
This particular fence has a lot of mold, mildew and years of water damage. The water damage actually comes from the sprinkler system not having the sprinkler heads adjusted correctly so the water does not hit the fence. When the water hits the fence pickets every week for years the pictures above are a result of what can happen.
Don’t be discouraged because when you see the final result nobody will know how the fence looked Before the fence repair, and the cleaning. All you will see is a Fence that looks brand new.