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A well-maintained fence not only enhances your property’s curb appeal but also ensures its longevity and continued functionality. At Commence Fence, we understand the importance of proper fence care and maintenance, which is why we’ve put together this guide with helpful tips to keep your fence looking great and standing strong for years to come.

Regular Inspection:

Perform regular inspections of your fence to identify potential issues, such as loose or damaged panels, posts, or hardware. Addressing these issues promptly can help prevent more extensive damage and ensure your fence remains in optimal condition.


Different fencing materials require varying levels of cleaning, but all fences benefit from periodic cleaning to remove dirt, debris, and mildew. For vinyl and aluminum fences, use a mild soap solution and a soft brush to gently clean the surface. For composite fences, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning, which may include using a power washer at a low setting.

Wood Fence Maintenance:

Wooden fences require regular maintenance to protect them from rot, decay, and insect damage. Apply a high-quality stain or sealant every few years to preserve the wood and maintain its appearance. Inspect for signs of insect damage or rot, and replace damaged sections as needed.

Metal Fence Maintenance:

Aluminum fences are low-maintenance, but they may develop a powdery residue known as oxidation over time. Use a gentle cleaning solution and a soft brush to remove oxidation and restore the fence’s appearance. For galvanized chain link fences, check for signs of rust, and use rust-inhibiting paint to treat affected areas.

Gate Care:

Gates are subject to wear and tear, so ensure the hinges, latches, and other hardware are in good working order. Lubricate the moving parts regularly to prevent rust and ensure smooth operation. If you have an automated gate, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and follow their recommendations.


Keep plants and shrubs trimmed back from your fence to prevent damage and allow for proper air circulation. Avoid attaching heavy objects to the fence, as this can cause undue stress and damage to the structure.

Schedule Professional Maintenance:

For more complex maintenance tasks or repairs, consider scheduling a professional service.


Proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your fence and maintain its appearance. By following these tips and scheduling regular professional maintenance, you can protect your investment and enjoy the benefits of a well-maintained fence. Contact Commence Fence today for expert advice and assistance with all your fencing needs.