Composite wood fencing has become more and more popular over recent years. This is likely due to a few reasons, with the largest factor likely being their low maintenance.
However, it should be noted that even composite wood requires a certain level of care. Here we discuss our top tips and advice to keep yours looking its best for many years to come.
What are the main issues with composite wood fencing?
Provided the fencing has been correctly installed, the biggest issue people experience with composite wood is cosmetic. If left, mud, dirt and grime can stick to the wood and cause build ups of grease, mould and mildew. The other main issue is fading due to UV exposure.
What can you do to resolve these issues?
Although composite wood doesn’t require protective finishes or paints it still requires some maintenance work – usually in the form of cleaning, which is quite easy.
Soft brush/broom & soapy water
For the removal of dried-on dirt, all you should require is a soft brush or broom and a bucket of warm soapy water. Simply dip the bristles into your soapy solution, brush away the dirt and leave it to dry naturally.
Cleaning with a composite wood cleaner
For the removal of dirt mildew, grease, oil, stains, moss etc. we recommend a product such as Owatrol Compo-Clean. Compo-Clean is a water-based composite wood cleaner and degreaser suitable for use on all types of exterior composite wood.
It’s environmentally friendly and won’t attack plastic, stone, cement or other materials which may be near your composite wood. It is very easy to use as it works straight from the bottle, can be applied easily with a brush or roller and is fast-acting (in as little as 5 minutes)! When you’re finished you simply rinse it with water and it’s done.
Finishing with a protective finish
Some composite fences may eventually start to fade and not offer as much protection as they once did. In this case, you could use a protective finish such as Compoxell.
Compoxell is a water-based finish for decorating and restoring composite wood. Hardwearing, stain resistant and waterproofing the surface, Compoxell protects composite wood from UV damage and the effects of the weather. It is a semi-transparent tinted coating which is currently available in brown and grey and it gives a satin finish.
We hope you found this post on how to look after composite fences helpful! If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!