Fence posts need to be capped or cut and a finish should be applied to protect the wooden frame. Both will increase the life of your fence and add to the appearance.
Finishing Your Fence Posts
There are 2 ways to finish your fence posts:
- Cut the tops at a 45 degree angle.
- Add a decorative metal or wood cap.
The purpose is for appearance and to keep water from gathering at the top of a flat fence post. If money is tight, simply cut a 45 degree angle with a reciprocating saw. When applying a waterproofing coat or paint, go a little heavy when painting the top to add protection.
When fence post caps are used, be prepared for a little expense, but a much improved professional appearance. There are even solar powered fence post caps to add lighting to your yard without the hassle of wiring.
Paint Or Waterproof Coat Your Fence
Add a coat of waterproof stain to protect your wood. It adds to the appearance and long life of the wood. Some suggest to let your wood dry out while others say there is no need. I suggest waiting a month or two before adding paint or waterproofing.
A sprayer or paint brush can be used for application.