The summer days have given way to the fall season, a time for pumpkin-based lattes, sweaters, and decorations. As Halloween nears, you should start thinking about prepping for the upcoming fall and winter conditions. Although your fence may have made it through the heated summer, it will probably need some maintenance to survive the chilling winters ahead.
At Pride Fence, we have a long-standing experience and understanding. Here are some pre-fall maintenance tips for your fence.
Wooden fences are more damage-prone than other fence types. Therefore, even small signs of summer damage need to be addressed before the weather turns. You should ensure that each fence post is structurally sound and the fencing panels are not loose or damaged.
Brittle panels, loose and wobbly posts, and sagging gates are telltale signs of fence decay. Cracked fence posts, missing panels, and damaged locks or latches can be easily replaced. However, evident signs of rotting indicate the perfect time to take out the old fence and install a new one.
Our experts can ensure that your fence is not only ready for the winter moisture but can also take the strain that the colder seasons bring. Vinyl or Aluminum fences are better suited for regions with heavy snowfall as they do not rot or warp easily.
Vinyl fences are waterproof by default. However, if your wooden fence shows no sign of rotting, it’s probably ready to take on another season. Hence, you should double-check the waterproofing to avoid spoiling during the winter.
A simple splash test will work to check the waterproofing of your fence. You’re all safe if the water beads up and trickles away. However, you should consider applying high-quality waterproofing solutions if the liquid is absorbed and stains the wood.
LEAVES & SNOW PREVENTION
As the name suggests, the fall season is characterized by the falling of leaves. Raking all the fallen leaves and piling them up against your fence is a definite bad idea because dead leaves collect rainwater, and the moisture promotes rapid rotting in wooden fences.
Vinyl fences do not take on water damage as wooden fences do, but algae growth is still likely on wet vinyl fences. This becomes even more evident on white or lightly toned vinyl panels.
Piling up leaves by your fence also runs the risk of leaves getting stuck between your fencing panels. Taking care of the fallen leaves before the weather worsens is a good idea for preventing the risk of mold or rot.
WINTER IS COMING!
We hope the maintenance measures mentioned above will help you prepare better for colder months and ensure that your fences last for many more seasons to come.
- New fence building projects must be wrapped up before the weather turns.
- Consider vinyl or metal fences if wooden ones can’t survive in your region.
- A pristine fence can make for the most picturesque winter backdrop with leaves and snow!