A quality fence is an investment, and if you take care of it and keep it well-maintained it should last you a long time. However, you may still find that Mother Nature has other plans for your fence. Environmental dangers to your fence abound. While certain fence materials lend themselves more to these elements, with a little forethought and maintenance, your fence can better withstand outdoor factors. We are here to help even after the fence is installed by detailing some steps to minimize the risk of a costly repair or replacement.
Danger #1: Falling Tree Branches
No one can argue that trees aren’t beneficial to the environment and our very lives (oxygen!). Yet trees can also wreak havoc on your fence. A falling limb or toppled tree can easily do some serious damage to your fence, making you wary of any news of storms with heavy winds. To minimize this risk, take care to keep your trees’ branches trimmed and address any broken or diseased limbs promptly. If a tree is too close to your boundary line, it may be best to have it removed prior to having your fence installed.
Danger #2: Tree Roots
Tree roots are another environmental danger for your fence, this time coming from below instead of above. Roots will sometimes grow above ground if there are nutritional deficiencies in the soil or if the fence posts are deep enough to disturb them. If the roots grow underneath your fence, they could cause it to start buckling just like it does with any paved surface or even a home’s structure. Also, certain trees don’t have deep root systems to begin with so that makes them more susceptible to wind and weather hazards. We are happy to offer advice about how a nearby tree may potentially impact your fence’s durability, but we recommend that you always consult a licensed and bonded arborist to determine the best course of action for this situation.
Danger #3: Sappy Situations
Tree sap can also drip onto your fence that, while not posing a structural danger to your fence, can be unsightly and extremely difficult to remove. You can usually use citrus household cleaners to soften the sap drippings and then remove them – just make sure the cleaner is safe to use on your fence material and how it could impact the soil around it especially if children, pets, or a garden is in close vicinity.
Danger #4: Mold, Moss, and Algae
Vinyl and wood fence owners should be wary of the dangers of mold, moss, and algae, especially during certain seasons. If this is not taken care of and cleaned promptly, they can cause unsightly staining to your fence.
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