When the temperature drops comes the time for winterizing your fence. Where possible, the winterizing should start by the end of fall, but it’s never too late. What you need to do is to get the jobs done properly and leave nothing to chance. How often do we hear of a fence in trouble because the homeowner forgot to care for it?

At Fence Supply Online, we get many calls from clients looking for help on winterizing their fence. Usually, it’s the standard questions on what is to do, but you get the odd curveball too. To help our clients get the best advice possible, we asked our experts to help with a few tips. They spent a bit of time coming up with a long list. We put the best of the tips into this post.

Included on the list of tips for winterizing your fence line is:

  • Stain and seal a wooden fence before the winter
  • Wash a vinyl fence
  • How’s the rust-proofing on the iron fence?
  • Winterizing a fence takes time

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Stain and seal a wooden fence before the winter

Winter can often be the toughest time for a wooden fence. It does not matter if it’s a picket, privacy, round-rail or split-rail, you need to make sure the fence is ready for the foul weather.

The wood may dry out over a long, hot summer. You will need to stain and seal it properly before the cold and wet winter damages the wood.

We recommend Stain & Seal products for all types of wood fences.

Wash a vinyl fence

Vinyl fencing is low-maintenance and is well-prepared to face the winter months.

Dirt, dust, leaves, and loose paper can dry onto the panels and posts during the summer. The debris does not look good and can cause mildew to grow come spring.

A power washer will get the fence clean. If you are handwashing it, use a solution of washing detergent and warm water with a sponge.

How’s the rust-proofing on the iron fence?

Modern iron fencing comes powder-coated to protect it from rust. The coating goes on at the factory and comes in different colors.

A problem can be when the coating chips or scratches during rough weather or even when the trimmer catches a post or rail. Winter weather will find these weak spots and get to work. You may not know there is rust until the spots appear next summer.

Check the rust proofing and touch up any blemishes with a quality product.

Winterizing a fence takes time

You need to put time and effort into winterizing your fence. A regular inspection will highlight any faults, such as those listed above. Once you spot a problem, fix it there and then, without delay.

Other problems to look for are weak or loose posts. They could be loose from last winter’s frost heaves. A loose post can blow over in a storm, pulling the fence down with it.

Surrounding bushes and trees can be a threat to the fence too. Cut back and trim branches, grass, and vines before they knock over the fence.

Call us

At Fence Supply Online we know about fence care.

Ask our experts for their advice.

They will answer any questions.

Call us today for all your fencing needs.

Call for Quote

Call us with questions and to receive a quote on your fence project. We are here to help with all your fencing needs.

Draw It and Quote It

Our Draw It & Quote It software will make planning and quoting your project easy.