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How Different Fences Perform in Wet Places

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Metal fences are one of the better choices when it comes to weather resistance.

For anyone who has been a part of a construction project in a wet climate, you know how much building materials can make a difference. A wet environment can cause a fence to break down quickly if it isn’t a material that responds well to moisture. While every fencing material may have its own pros and cons, only certain kinds of fences are going to excel in areas that may have more extreme climate conditions. When building a fence in a climate that is particularly wet and faces a lot of rain, consider how these following materials are going to perform over time.

Wood Fences

Wood is one of the most classic fence materials known for its varying styles and versatility. That combined with its low cost makes it an appealing option, but it’s also the case that wood fencing in wet climates is going to require a lot of maintenance. This means pressure washing, staining, and sealing in order to protect your fence from water. You may want to look out for cedar fences if you’re set on wood, as it stands up to water better than other wood does. Just be on the lookout for any rotting, particularly around the base of fence posts.

Wrought Iron

When we think of fences with class and style, we often picture wrought iron fences. There’s something unique about this kind of fence and it’s also a strong, typically durable material. That said, it can have some difficulties with water as it’s prone to rusting even in climates that don’t receive much rain. High-quality paint jobs can help prevent this from being the case, but we often see wrought iron fencing that requires scraping and rust removal which can be a lot of extra work if you’re installing fencing in a wet climate.


Many people opt for aluminum fencing because it’s lightweight and fairly inexpensive. What’s important to know about aluminum fencing is that it actually comes in different grades, where some kinds of aluminum are going to be higher quality than others. Aluminum can begin to corrode because of water, so it’s important that you use some kind of coating system to help prevent that. While base aluminum is inexpensive, higher quality aluminum with a coating that will prevent rust is going to cost a pretty penny.

Powder Coated Steel

Perhaps one of the best materials for resisting water is going to be galvanized powder coated steel. It has the benefits of other metal materials like being sturdy, but like aluminum, it’s also lighter and easier to install. You can also add additional coatings and paint to help keep moisture away from your fences. In a way, powder coated steel is the best of all worlds, so consider it if you’re worried about moisture degrading your fence. 

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Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you are excited about a beautiful vinyl chain link fence or already planning out your custom wood commercial fence, we are ready to help you frame and secure your property. Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. Contact us to see how a beautiful wood fence can protect your property by giving us a call at 703-551-2609 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.

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