With high winds, ice, snow, and sleet, you never know what winter will bring next. You need to be able to keep your fence intact until spring comes back. Luckily, we have some good tips for you to follow. Here are some suggestions for what you can do.
Eliminate Sources of Moisture
Even though winter is seen as the coldest and driest time of year, that doesn’t stop it from raining, so that is something you will need to think about. In the warm days of spring and summer, any dew or rainwater on your fence will eventually be dried up. But that won’t happen as quickly when it’s cold, if at all. Whether you want to paint your fence or stain it, do what you can to stop moisture and water damage from ruining your fence.
Now that winter is officially here, you would expect it to stay cold all of the time. That’s a misconception, though. Even in the depths of winter, the temperature can rise unusually high. Your fence can expand and contract due to this effect, especially if it is made of wood. If you’re not careful, you’ll find knotholes affecting the structural integrity of your fence. That’s why, if you’re going to have a wooden fence, you need to pick the most resilient type of wood that you can afford.
Tend to Your Fence
Once the fence installation process begins, make sure that the support posts are inserted into the ground deeply enough. You need to get them below the frost line so that the cold weather can’t damage the ends of the posts and cause them to shift out of position. If your fence is still level, then everything is okay. If it has moved, then you’ll need repairs as soon as possible. Also, falling tree branches, limbs, and trunks can all do huge damage to your fence, so make sure that the weight of ice and snow doesn’t knock your trees down.
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