Fencing is an essential part of any property, whether it's for privacy, security, or aesthetic purposes. However, fencing exposed to various elements, such as sun, wind, and rain, can lead to deterioration over time. Therefore, it is important to maintain and treat your fencing regularly to ensure its longevity.


Wood Fencing

Wood fencing is popular for homeowners because of its natural look and versatility. There are several types of wood fencing available, such as cedar, pine, redwood, and spruce. Cedar and redwood are the most durable and resistant to rot and insect damage. Wood fencing can be treated with a variety of coatings and sealants, such as stain, paint, or clear sealant, to protect it from weathering and prolong its lifespan.

Chain Link Fencing

Chain-link fencing is a cost-effective and low-maintenance option for residential and commercial properties. It is made of galvanized steel wire that is woven into a diamond pattern. The steel wire can also be coated with vinyl or polyester to enhance its durability and aesthetic appeal. Chain-link fencing is available in different heights and thicknesses, making it suitable for various applications.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing is a synthetic alternative to wood fencing that offers low maintenance and durability. It is available in various styles and colours, such as picket, ranch, and privacy. Vinyl fencing is resistant to rot, rust, and insect damage, making it an excellent choice for humid and wet environments. It is also easy to clean and does not require repainting or sealing.

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Stain is a type of fencing treatment that penetrates the wood, protecting it from moisture and sun damage. Wood stains come in various colours and finishes, giving your fencing a natural, earthy look.


Applying paint to your fencing is an excellent way to protect it from moisture and other environmental factors. Paint can also give your fencing an attractive finish, making it stand out and complementing the overall appearance of your property.


Varnish is a clear coating that protects the wood from moisture, UV rays, and other external factors. Varnish gives the wood a glossy finish and is ideal for fences made from hardwood.

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  1. Clean the surface of your fence before applying a cleaner – use a small amount of soapy water with bleach.
  2. Using a stiff bristle brush, scrub the fence and remove any debris – ensure you are removing any mildew that has formed.
  3. Rinse the fence – remove any soap/bleach with a high-pressure nozzle or pressure washer (this will help remove any excess or remaining dirt).
  4. If the fence has previously been treated, you need to strip it back to bare wood – you can achieve this by sanding down the fence. You can use sanding paper or a sanding power tool to complete this.


Choosing the appropriate time to treat your fences is essential for their durability. The summertime is a perfect time to carry out treatment due to the dry and warmer conditions. Choose a moderately average day without the weather being too hot or humid. If the weather is too hot, your treatment is at risk of drying too quickly and not offering full protection.

One thing to ensure is not to get the treatment wet, so if there is a forecast for rain, avoid completing the treatment and plan for a better day.

TOP TIP – Using a high-quality brush to treat your fence will make all the difference. This will ensure even coverage with no risk of bristles falling out. Are you planning on using a previously used brush? Be certain your brush has been cleaned thoroughly using thinner. Complete the same process once you have completed your fence treatment.

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Here at Boys and Boden, we have a range of timber treatments that are high-quality and affordable for any type of project. You can explore these using our website or by visiting one of our 5 branches across Mid-Wales, Shropshire, and Cheshire.

We have a selection of fencing that is on display across all branches, you can decide on the height and length which suits your project.

We also sell a range of top-brand fencing treatments online and in-store, we have listed our customer favourites below to help you decide:


Cuprinol is a leading brand of woodcare products that offers a wide range of wood stains, paints, and preservatives.

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Ronseal is a well-known brand of wood care and DIY products, originating from the United Kingdom.

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Sadolin is a well-known brand of woodcare products that offers a range of wood stains, paints, and varnishes. 

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