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6 Ways To Climate Proof Your Fence

2018-06-07T10:51:59+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Fence Armor, Fence Supply, How To Clean A Vinyl Fence, Iron Fence Maintenance, Vinyl Maintenance, Wood Fence|Comments Off on 6 Ways To Climate Proof Your Fence

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We all know the problem.

It happens to your fence, your neighbor’s or you’ve seen it when on vacation. All the telltale signs of climate damage.

Sunspots, mold, rot, broken rails and plenty of other damage.

Prevention is always better than any cure.

A little bit of care today will pay you back with a fine fence for many years to come.

There are 6 ways to climate-proof your fence:

  • Staining
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • UV Inhibitor
  • Choosing The right material
  • Regular Maintenance

Staining

Staining can do so much to climate proof your fence for many years at a time.

Always choose a good quality stain that will stand the test of time.

A stain will seal the wood so it doesn’t soak up moisture and slowly rot.

It should also contain a UV Inhibitor, to minimize damage from the sun.

Also use one that includes a mildewcide, to help kill fungi which grow in the right conditions.

Painting

If you want to get away from the natural wood look, try a paint job.

Painting only really suits a panel or picket fence and remember it may need to be redone every couple of years, depending on your climate.

The real benefit of painting is that it seals the wood, protecting it from rain and moisture.

It also protects it from UV rays and the damage they can do.

Painting will not only climate proof your fence but also make it easy to clean with a hose every year. 

 

Vinyl Fence never needs to be painted and has the UV protection built in at the factory.

Cleaning

Regular cleaning may not be an obvious way of climate proofing but it can have real benefits.

Mud, leaves, moss and even cut grass can build-up on a fence and create spots where damage occurs.

Dried in vegetation will attract mold when the temperatures drop in the fall.

The roots of moss can draw in rainwater and give rise to conditions that cause rot.

A good power-wash at regular times can clear the problems, as well as keeping the fence looking good.

UV Inhibitor

The UV rays from the sun can cause a lot of damage, especially in areas with prolonged exposure.

Cracking, flaking, and warping are visible signs of the damage but a little bit of foresight can solve the problem before it arises.

A UV inhibitor can be applied as part of a staining or painting job and is an important component to consider when choosing a product.

UV damage in the summer,  when combined with moisture damage in the fall can do a lot of harm in the winter months.

The obvious signs of UV damage are the cracking or flaking of paint and wood, which means more painting next season.

Choosing The Right Material

Choosing the right fence material can really help climate proof your fence.

Vinyl fencing has a UV inhibitor molded in as part of the manufacturing process.

Some material can better withstand strong gusts of wind and other forms of impact damage.

Wood and metal fences can suit certain regions and always ask for advice on the material when installing a fence.

Regular Maintenance Helps Climate Proof Your Fence

Prevention is better than the cure.

For good climate proofing, regular inspection of your fence is crucial.

Take a walk along the fence. Find the cracks, the splits, the first signs of mold or wind damage.

Fix them before they take hold and you will be saving yourself heaps of money in the years to come.

Schedule painting or staining every couple of years to keep on top of problems before they arise.

Call Us Today 

Climate proofing can be as simple as choosing the right material for your fence.

It also pays to maintain your fence and to keep on top of problems before they get out of hand.

Contact us today for a free quote and the best advice on climate proofing your fence.