The realities of harsh winters have arrived yet again. While you have plenty of other winter maintenance to worry about on your property, fencing may not be the first thing on your mind. But it is imperative to make sure your fence can stand up to winter weather, harsh winds, cold temperatures, and snowfall this season. Depending on the fence you have, this may require preparation for the upcoming winter weather, while others may not require maintenance until the winter is over. Follow these super helpful tips to make sure your fence will be able to withstand extreme winter weather.
Wooden fences require weather-related maintenance to prevent rotting, warping, and other weathering that can cause damage over time. This means you should be inspecting your wooden fence before the snow begins to fall in the winter. Be sure the fence is in good shape to ensure it stays standing in the event of high winds and other severe weather. If you encounter cracks or holes in your fence, be sure to repair them before the winter, and apply wood putty to mend smaller damages. It’s also a good idea to start waterproofing your wooden fence before the winter.
One reason many homeowners choose vinyl fencing is the lack of maintenance. For instance, you won’t need to prepare your vinyl fence with waterproofing for the winter or inspect it for signs of rotting. However, heavy snow buildup can cause warping and cracking in your fence, so it is essential to keep the fence clear of snow drifts and brush off any major buildup. If your fence runs along the pavement, it’s also important to be careful of your shoveling or snow blowing habits to protect your fence. You can damage the fence with the snow or even with the equipment if you get too close to your fencing.
Similarly to vinyl fences, aluminum is fairly low maintenance. It will not be damaged from insects or rot like wood and should stand up strongly to high winds. But you should keep autumn leaf buildup, ice, and snow clear from your aluminum fence to avoid weathering, and make sure the fence footings are stable to avoid shifting during the constant freezing and thawing of the soil.
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