Maintaining the look and life of your wooden gate doesn’t have to be a complicated task, as long as you follow a few routine steps. Once a wooden gate’s surface has been finished, hardware added, and installation completed, a regular maintenance program should begin. This is not a difficult process nor does it take much time. Here are several tips to maintain your wooden gate. Sweep your wooden gates regularly to rid them of leaves, twigs, dust and spider webs. Check the gate supports to make sure that they are standing straight and have no signs of mildew or cracks. This does not usually appear above ground, so dig a little way into the dirt surrounding the gate supports to see how the buried parts are doing. Make repairs as soon as you spot an issue. Examine the gate for any cracks or mold spots. Replace cracked or broken boards and treat mold with a mildewcide. Check the condition of all hinges and hardware to make sure that nothing has come loose or developed rust. Replace or repair damaged hardware immediately.
Protect your wooden gate by either staining or painting it. Always use an exterior paint on woods gates because interior paints are not durable enough to stand up to the elements, especially if you live in a rainy climate. Read the labels to make sure that your paint is compatible with both your primer and your sealer. After all, consistency is the key, and if you follow these maintenance tips on a regular basis you will greatly extend the life of your wooden gates.