winter fence

Protecting your fence for the winter is vital.

Any maintenance plan will include protecting your fence for the winter. If you do it properly, you will get many, many years from your fence. You should also protect your fence for all types of weather throughout the year. There are a few extra precautions you need to do for the winter, but nothing unusual.

If you get your winter preparations wrong, it could mean disaster for the fence.

We get a lot of calls at Fence Supply Online from clients looking for advice on protecting their fence for the winter. Our experts can help with all of your queries and are happy to give advice. Recently we put together a few pointers to help people get ready for the long winter months.

Our list of ways of protecting your fence for the winter include:

  • Draw up a maintenance plan and stick to it
  • Staining, sealing, and painting are a must for wood fences
  • Cleaning the fence is a priority for the winter
  • Fix broken fences before the winter
  • Cut back trees and branches before the winter
  • Clear the fence of winter snow and ice, before it builds up

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Draw up a maintenance plan and stick to it

A maintenance plan is vital for the proper care of your fence.

You should know what to do and when to do it.

Some fence types, such as vinyl and metal fencing, only need a small bit of care.

The wood fences need a lot of care to keep them looking like new.

When you do the maintenance regularly, it will become an easier task each time.

Staining, sealing, and painting are a must for wood fences

Speaking of wood fences, they do need a lot of care, but when done correctly, you will reap the benefits.

You will need to protect a wooden fence from the effects of moisture damage, termite infection, and mold or mildew. Snow, ice and freezing temperatures will do a lot of damage to exposed wood.

Staining and sealing will do all the work in one application. We supply Stain & Seal Experts products as we know they are the best in the business.

Painting is also an option but it may take more work to get it right.

Cleaning the fence is a priority for the winter

You need to clean the fence, even if it is a vinyl or metal one.

If you do not clean the fence, the dirt and debris can do long term damage to it.

Wash away all the leaves, grass, and dried in dust, to keep the fence looking like new.

Always clear undergrowth from around the wooden fence to protect if from moisture during cold, damp winter months.

Fix broken fences before the winter

As part of any maintenance plan, you should do regular inspections.

If you spot any cracked or broken fence panels or posts, then fix them immediately.

If you need to replace any parts of the fence, do it before the winter.

The winter months are harsh and the high winds and cold temperatures will only make the damage worse.

Cut back any trees or branches before the winter

Trees and loose branches can cause a lot of problems to a fence in the winter.

The winter storms will knock trees over or blow loose branches against the fence.

This damage is preventable and cut it all back before the winter storms.

You should also clear debris from around the fence area.

Clear the fence of winter snow and ice, before it builds up

One piece of maintenance that is vital for protecting the fence during the winter months.

Accumulations of snow and ice will push against the fence, knocking over posts and cracking panels.

Get out early and clear away the drifts before they become too big to handle.

Look after yourself too, do not put yourself in any danger to save the fence.

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At Fence Supply Online we know about maintenance.

Protecting your fence for the winter is vital.

Put a plan into place, and make sure you follow it.

Call us today for all your winter fence needs.

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