The fence around your home protects you and your property, but have you recently thought about how you can protect your fence? Like any outside structure, fences are susceptible to damage from the elements. Here, we’ll explore how rapidly changing weather conditions can compromise a fence and the maintenance that you can do to offset that.
Mold + Water Damage
Many are quite familiar with the damage that rain and humidity can cause to a wooden fence. Warping, sagging, and overall degeneration can render a fence unusable, even with the best weatherproofing. However, the durability of a vinyl fence can also be compromised by mold growth in hard-to-see areas. By making detailed mold checks and routine cleanings a part of your fence maintenance, you can avoid the costs of more expensive repairs.
Snow, Ice, and Wind
When the next cold snap or snowstorm may be right around the corner, it’s important to know what to do to keep your fence in working order all season. Ice and snow can pile up heavy on a vinyl fence, causing it to bend and weaken. When you’re outside shoveling or salting, and you see it start to accumulate, make sure to knock it all down to the ground to relieve the pressure on your fence.
Wind comes with its own fence maintenance challenges. This force of nature has the power to rock the structure of your fence tremendously. Along with that, any debris blown into a collision course with a fence can do some destruction. In these cases, all you can do is wait until it’s safe to go out, then check for cracks and weak areas to be repaired.
Here in NoVA, the temperatures have been fluctuating like never before. These ups and downs can put a real strain on the structural integrity of any fence. Fence posts depend on soil hardiness and composition to do their job right, but when the ground becomes either too soaked or too dry they may start to come up out of the ground. For vinyl fences specifically, freezing temperatures can contribute to cracking, and unrelenting heat may cause expansion. Fence maintenance can become a real headache when the weather goes back-and-forth in extremes. This is why it is crucial to choose a vinyl that is proven to endure a wide range of temperatures.
Choose Hercules Fence Northern Virginia for All of Your Fencing Needs
Hercules Fence Northern Virginia has countless fencing options for your home and commercial property. Whether you’re 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.