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5 Tips to Help Your Fence Handle Bad Weather

A fence for your home can cost between $1,700 to $4,000.

Considering a fence is something of an investment for any homeowner, you want to take proper care of it. A fence that's left to fare for itself can end up looking worn down and have a negative impact on the overall curb appeal of your home.

In this article, we'll go over several methods that'll help your fence handle bad weather.

5 Ways to Help Your Fence Handle Bad Weather

Inclement weather can cause all sorts of problems for your fence.

Relentless moisture and temperature shifts all create wear and tear on your fence. Heavy rains can even lead to the soil shifting beneath and around your fence, affecting the supporting posts.

While there are unique ways of protecting your fence, such as using olive oil and black fungi, there are also plenty of other options at your disposal. Here are five tips to make sure your fence can brave the outside weather:

1. Waterproofing

If there's one thing your fence will come into contact with on a near-daily basis, it's water.

Wood fences benefit the most from a coat of waterproof sealant. This helps reduce the amount of water absorption the wood has. Less water absorption means the wood won't rot or split as often.

Iron fencing also needs waterproofing to help prevent rusting. Regular cleaning and making sure a coat of sealant is on the fence will help ensure it lasts for years to come.

2. Regular Maintenance

Despite your best efforts, your fence will experience some degradation. This is normal as it is exposed to a variety of shifting factors outside.

If you notice any broken or rotting boards, loose nails, or rust, take care of the problem immediately. Allowing issues to pile up will make the task of repair feel overwhelming, and might even let problems compound.

3. Clean Debris Away

An overgrowth of leaves, grass, and plants can trap moisture against the fence. The trapped moisture will then lead to wet rot occurring in your fence.

Plants can also cause cracks and fractures to form in your fence. Once that happens, soil can get into the crevices and lead to rot.

To help keep your fence looking great and prevent any deterioration, it's important to landscape around your fence and remove all debris.

4. Examine After Storms

It's important to check your fence after any major storms have come through your area.

The smallest amount of damage can open up the possibility for further issues to form. If a branch fell atop your fence and splintered a section, the fence will then be susceptible to rot or rust.

5. Clean Often

Your fence needs to be cleaned at least once a year.

Cleaning your fence will help prevent the buildup of dirt, mildew, and mold. Allowing mold to flourish on your fence can lead to lasting damage that will require you replacing the affected area.

Enjoy the Privacy Your Fence Brings

We hope this article proved useful in giving ideas for how to help your fence handle bad weather. A fence is a great way to provide privacy to your backyard and also provide a safe environment for your kids or pets to play.

Contact us today to get a custom-built fence.

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