[singlepic id=52 w=320 h=240 float=left]Throughout the first year of having a new wooden fence installed, you may find that the wood may warp or split as it dries. The fence may even start to lean a little in five to eight years, but it should last 10 to 15 years overall. One way to help protect your new fence from the elements is to seal it by applying a wood preservative. Much like putting wax on your car, this will help protect your new fence from various outdoor elements that could otherwise cause it to rot away prematurely.
You can find water-repellent preservatives and sealants at home-improvement and hardware stores for prices ranging from $10 to $20 per gallon. Another option for homeowners can be found in the use of exterior stains. Also used as sealants, stains can be coordinated with the exterior of your home and can be found for close to $20 per gallon.
If your fence or deck have been pressure-treated, a sealant might not even be necessary, since the wood has already been injected with preservatives.
During the summer months, homeowners should be mindful of their sprinklers. Too much direct exposure to water could cause your wood fence to rot much faster. Also, bushes and vines should be kept off the fence since they tend to retain moisture and add unnecessary wight.