Those of us with fences around the property may love to see the first falls, but we’re also aware of damage from heavy snow.
It’s funny how at Fence Supply Online we get customers asking about sun damage when they buy fencing in the spring.
Yet in the fall it’s only snow that causes any worries.
Both sun and snow do damage; the important thing is to do something about it.
Knowing how snow affects different types of fencing is the best preparation. With this in mind we asked our resident experts for advice on preparing for the worst of the winter weather.
Their answers make interesting reading, and we’ve gathered the best of their advice for this timely post.
A list of how snow affects different types of fencing would include:
- Wood suffers if you don’t protect it
- Metal fences can buckle under pressure
- Even vinyl needs need care too
Let’s take a closer look at each point to help you protect your fence.
Wood suffers if you don’t protect it
Plenty of our customers love wood. They won’t have anything else on the property, and when you see a new wood fence you can understand why.
Wood fences need protection all year round, and they can suffer in all types of weather.
Snow is a particularly tough element for your wooden fence to deal with, regardless if it is new or old.
The pressure of the snow drift against the panels can cause the wood to warp, crack or break.
A drop in temperature followed by a rise during a day time thaw, followed by another nighttime freeze will do lasting damage to the structure of the fence.
You need to treat the wood with a sealant. With new fences you need to do it regularly, to let it seep deep into the grain. Applying the sealant should be done at least once a year.
The sealant will keep the water out and eliminate the growth of mold and the effects of temperature changes.
You should also shovel the snow before it becomes too heavy against the fence.
A wood fence will stay strong and robust, if you care for it.
Metal fences can buckle under pressure
Our clients go for metal fences for a variety of reasons.
They love its decorative touches, the feel of solidity about the metal and how it can withstand the worst of the winter weather.
This doesn’t mean metal is safe from the effects of snow.
Temperature drops and rises can cause screws and fittings to loosen.
The pressure of heavy, frozen snow can buckle and even snap aluminum fences.
The soil around the posts can freeze hard, causing the ground to shift, especially so when the dirt thaws.
Shovel snow away from the fence and around the posts. Ensure you bury the posts in concrete and at a depth below the freezing line.
As a neighbor or local expert for advice when installing the posts.
Even vinyl needs care too
Vinyl is an excellent and popular fencing product.
There is little need for maintenance, and modern technology strengthens the material to resist the worst of weather.
Snow can affect vinyl fencing though, especially when followed by freezing temperature.
Heavy falls can accumulate and put pressure on the structure. Ice dams are also a big problem.
Like metal fencing, the post can suffer from the soil freezing in the depths of winter.
Clear the snow around the fence regularly and bury the posts as deep as possible in plenty of concrete.
Vinyl will stay strong if you give it a helping hand.
If you live in a heavy snow area, then give Fence Supply Online a call.
Our experts know all about how to deal with snow and ice.
They love to help with your problems.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.