Believe it or not, summer is coming to an end, and with the change in seasons will come a drastic change in temperature and precipitation. While you can easily bundle yourself up in a sweater to combat the cold, your wooden fence is not so lucky. Fall and winter weather can have a detrimental effect on your fence if you do not properly prepare it, and Hercules Fence is here to tell you how.
How to Prepare a Wooden Fence for Cold Weather
One of the first things to consider when prepping your fence for fall is moisture. Rain and snowfall can increase around this time of year, leaving your wooden fence prone to mold, mildew, and rot. But there is a way to keep your fence protected: waterproofing. You can waterproof your wooden fence with either a stain or a sealant, which will also give your wood a new, beautiful finish while keeping it safe. You can also protect your fence from excessive moisture by raking up the leaves in your yard. While the two things may not seem like they are connected, leaves actually trap moisture in the ground, which could end up leaving the base of your fence posts damp. Keeping your lawn clean and clear will mean keeping your fence in great condition all season long!
Consider that as the leaves fall, other debris can fall as well. Sometimes, limbs and branches come down in the fall, and they can especially do this in the winter if snow gathers on top of a weak branch and causes it to collapse. If your fence is located directly under a tree, a falling limb could potentially hit it and cause damage to the wood. Take the opportunity of the last warm days of summer to trim your trees of any weak or overhanging branches that seem like they may pose a threat later on.
The better care you take of your wooden fence throughout the fall, the better your chances are of keeping it standing until spring! If you have any further questions about fence maintenance or preparing your wooden fence for fall, call Hercules Fence of Newport News today.
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