Cold weather is here, and there are many different considerations that you need to make when protecting different aspects of your landscaping and hardscaping against the elements. Fences are surprisingly resilient, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to prepare for snow and ice. How can you winterize your fence?
Winterizing Wood Fences
Wood is one of the most popular and durable fencing materials, but it is also one that is very vulnerable to damage from moisture. You should start the winterization process by taking a look at your wood fence for any signs of damage. Are there any parts of the fence that are rotting? Are any of the boards cracking? When winterizing wood fences, you should take care of all repairs before severe weather becomes common, if possible. Rain, snow, sleet, and ice can all make rot and other types of damage much worse by the time spring arrives.
Winterizing Vinyl Fences
Vinyl fences are some of the most resilient fences on the market, as they can hold up to moisture and a variety of harsh conditions with ease. When you are winterizing your vinyl fence, you should carefully inspect the exterior of the fence to look for any damage. Over time, vinyl fencing can develop cracks or loose panels that need to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to hose off your vinyl fence before snow and ice start to form.
Winterizing Aluminum or Steel Fences
An aluminum or steel fence that is properly maintained will easily survive the winter. Things get complicated when your fence has started to rust. If there are any signs of rust or damage on the metal, you must re-coat the area to prevent moisture from further penetrating and damaging the metal. We can assist you in repairing your fence and making sure that it will not be further harmed over the course of the winter. In some cases, replacement may be necessary.
Get Your New Fence Installed This Winter from Hercules Fence
Hercules Fence takes pride in being experts in residential, commercial, and high-security fencing. We have been serving our clients since 1955, with only the most knowledgeable of staff. Our staff is ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland.