One of the worst things that can happen to an outdoor fence (regardless of the material) is improper waterproofing. It can lead to all sorts of problems including (but not limited to) warping and splitting. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to keep water damage at bay if you have a wood fence.
Step One: You Have to Choose the Right Kind of Wood
For starters, you need to choose the right kind of wood for your fence. Pressure treated woods are made with waterproofing chemicals. This gives them a double dose of protection if sealant is used on these types of wood. Although the slats above the ground don't have to be pressure treated, the posts that are anchored in the ground should be pressure treated in order to avoid destruction from mold and mildew.
Step Two: Clean the Fence
The easiest step is to keep the fence clean. While this step might seem easy, it is often overlooked. Your fence need to be cleaned of dirt, dust, sand, and debris in order for the sealant to adhere properly. Dirt and dust lingering on your fence can also cause it to mold and decay faster after a heavy rainstorm. If you have sprinklers, make sure they are not repeatedly hitting your fence if it is make out of wood. This can cause moisture build-up which will result in the growth of mold.
Step Three: Use a Good Sealant
Once the fence is nice and clean, you need a good sealant. Fortunately, sealants are very easy to apply to a fence. You just need to spray the fence with the sealant. Then, you go back to scrub and wash it off. If you find yourself feeling concerned as to whether the sealant is worn off or needs a fresh coat, there is an easy way to test this. Just spray a small piece of your fence with some water. Watch the area where you sprayed to see if the wood turns darker and absorbs the water. If it does, you need more sealant. If the wood does not absorb the water or change colors, you don't.
Conclusion: Yes, You Can Have a Wooden Fence in Areas With Heavy Rain
Living in an area with heavy rainfall can wreak havoc on your wooden fence. Fortunately, this doesn't mean you have to choose a different kind of fence. It just means you need to take these three steps to protect your fence from water damage. For more tips, contact a company like Carter Fence.