Your fence is an invaluable part of your property’s outside appearance, and it also provides greater security to your property. You must take good care of it in order for it to serve these functions, because a fence will experience the brunt of the outdoor elements. As temperatures start to dip and rain and snow become more frequent, prepare yourself with these tips for winterizing your property’s fence. We’ve divided them up based on the material from which your fence may be made.
A key feature of plastic fencing is that it’s easy to maintain. This advantage extends to winterizing it. To get a plastic fence ready for harsher conditions, you should mainly focus on cleaning it. Scrub or pressure-wash it to completely remove any clinging dirt or mold. This will ensure the fence doesn’t emerge from winter with deep-rooted stains. You should also carefully inspect the fence for broken or weakened components. Then, replace damaged pickets and loose or missing screws as needed.
Most metal fences are made of aluminum, including chain-link and ornamental styles. Some are also made of steel. In any of these cases, the metal is usually treated with a protective powder layer through galvanization. This makes it highly resilient to moisture and drastically reduces the amount of attention you must pay it. Still, it’s possible for this outer coating to wear thin. If you ever notice rust, you should immediately scrub it off completely so that it doesn’t have a chance to spread further. Afterwards, you can spray on rust protector or aluminum surface paint to defend the area against rusting again. You also have the option of having a professional powder-coat your metal fence again.
Wood is probably the neediest of the three main fence materials. As a result, our tips for winterizing your property’s fence are a bit more extensive for wood fences. The first step to take is to check for signs of damage or rotting. You should remove or cut off those sections because they’ll only become worse as they’re exposed to more precipitation. If the resulting gap is small, you can fill it up with wood putty. Otherwise, you may need to replace that particular picket or fence piece. In addition, you should look for any screws that are rusting, loose, or missing and exchange them for new, secure ones.
To rid your wood fence of dirt and debris, you may scrub it with a cleaning solution. Once you have done all this, it’s smart to apply a sealant or stain to fend off water.
To install commercial or residential fencing that will stand up to winter conditions, get in touch with Durham Fence & Guardrails. We provide a bevy of sturdy options to match your needs and desires.