Your backyard fence is looking good! To keep it that way, be sure you’re avoiding certain hazards that could destroy your fence. Here are a few of those hazards and what to do if you run into them.
Rust isn’t common with vinyl coated chain link fences but certainly could happen if something damages your fence and allows moisture in. The first step to avoiding rust is by investing in a vinyl protective layer on your chain link fence and replacing that coating right away if it gets damaged.
These days, wooden fences also have a protective layer to prevent insect or moisture from hurting your fence, however, if your fence lacks that layer, it could spell danger. When rot gets into your fence, not only does the appearance fade, but the structural integrity of the entire fence is compromised. Be sure to invest in that stain or coating to allow your fence the chance at a long life.
You may use trees as a landscaping accent in your backyard or have trees close to your fence on your neighbors property. Not only could a tree limb fall and damage your fence but most tree saps are corrosive to fence paint and coatings. Damage to your home from trees may be on the forefront of your mind when it comes to storms or heavy wind, but it’s likely that the same tree could damage your fence too. While it’s not always easy to remove the hazard of trees, consider the possibilities to ensure a plan if the need arises.
Take into account these hazards when it comes to choosing and installing your fence. Although this is certainly not an exhaustive list of ways your fence could be damaged, remember to consider the various ways the elements can be hazardous to your fence.