Although our winters here don’t get below freezing often, it happens, and just the cold weather, in general, could have you worrying about the safety of your fence. Most fences are made to withstand harsh weather but there are some precautions you can take to make sure your fence makes it through the winter.
We don’t see snow, a major damaging factor to your fence, so that concern is off of the table. However, there are a few other factors that need to be considered. We might not have snow but winter does bring a large amount of icy rain. Having a constant layer of wetness on your fence could allow things like mold and mildew to grow, causing stains or damage.
Your wooden fence doesn’t like the cold as much as you might. With temperature drops (or spikes), the wood is likely to shrink and expand, leaving gaps or pushing against boards to splinter them. When wood does this repeatedly, that’s when you get knotholes and it will be easier for insects and termites to find their way into your fence for a snack. Sealing the wood with a proper stain will prevent that.
While you start to get your fence ready to winter, look it over for some signs of damage. You may have loose posts, rotten wood, or cracked vinyl and getting it taken care of before winter is a great way to keep your fence looking great (and protecting you and your family) during the cold season.
Overall, your fence is made to withstand normal climate changes like these, but it’s always good to know how to prevent damage, just in case.
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