What Causes a Wood Fence to Warp, Twist, and Crack

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If you have a wooden fence on your property, then chances are good that fence has begun to warp, twist, move, shrink, and crack. Any fence made of wood will experience this to some extent, especially over many years of being subject to the weather, but certain factors can cause this warping, twisting, moving, shrinking and cracking to be more extreme.

Nails: Most people who install their own wood fences use the wrong nails. A metal nail, for example, will rust and break away from the wood, causing black runs. Failing to use a nail that is ring shank will cause the nail to back out more severely as the wood moves. Use ring shank galvanized or aluminum nails when installing a wooden fence; they will not rust or back out.

Position: Make sure to have the correct amount of 2×4 bracing, and set all posts in concrete. Make sure when setting the posts that you place them as deep and straight as possible.

Wood quality: Not all wood is the same. There are different grades available when purchasing wood to build a fence. Most professional fence companies, such as MT Fence & Deck, purchase from a nearby wholesaler. These wholesale vendors usually have a higher quality of wood than what is available in home improvement stores. Also, be sure that you inspect the wood that you plan on using for your fence project. Ensure each piece appears straight and without major defect.

Can I seal my wood fence to prevent it from becoming damaged?

Sealing and staining your wood fence will not prevent your wood from warping, twisting, moving, shrinking and cracking. While applying a seal and stain will lock out water, nothing can block out the sun, or the effects that extreme heat and cold temperatures have on your wood. You also do not want to stain or seal your new fence right away; most of the warping, twisting, moving, shrinking and cracking takes place shortly after fence installation. Therefore, it is a good idea to allow the wood to be bare for a few months before staining, painting, or sealing it.

We hope you have found this information to be helpful if you are planning to install a wood fence this year. However, if you want to have someone do the work for you, then call MT Fence & Deck at (931) 224-7186. One of our professionals will be happy to come to your property and provide a consultation and estimate—and we are open to serve your fencing needs all year round.

MT Fence & Deck is proud to serve customers in the communities of Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Mt. Juliet in middle Tennessee.

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