It’s hard to believe, but it already nearly the end of October, so it’s just about time to start thinking about getting your fence ready for the winter. It’s very important to ensure that your fence will continue to survive as the seasons change. Is your fence ready to withstand snow and colder temperatures? Here are some tips on how to prepare your fence for the harshest winter conditions.
Wood fencing ought to be checked for damage because they are much more susceptible to rot and other damage than vinyl or aluminum fences. Inspect your fence posts to make sure they are structurally sound and that none of the boards are loose. You should also check the latch of your fence and replace it if it is rusty. Checking your fence for rot and damage is one of the most important parts of prepping it for winter owing to the heavy weight of the upcoming snowfall.
If your wood fence doesn’t have any problems with rot, it’s likely to make it past the winter. However, you should still make sure that it has been waterproofed so it won’t be susceptible to rot in the future. Check the waterproofing by splashing some water on the fence. If you notice the water beading up, your fence’s waterproofing is sound. But if the fence absorbs the water and the wood darkens, you’ll need to take the time to apply a sealant or waterproof stain.
Protect Your Fence from Leaves and Snow
As the leaves on the trees start falling, make sure that you rake them to a place away from your fence. Leaves collect moisture when it rains and this can promote rot on wooden fences. Even if you own a vinyl fence, this moisture can promote the growth of algae which can cause unsightly discoloration. When the winter comes, also take care to protect your fence from the snow. Shoveling snow off your fence will protect it from absorbing moisture, as well as alleviate it from the heavy weight which could cause it to collapse.
Hercules Fence Can Help Make Sure Your Fence Is Ready for Winter
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