Protecting Your Fence During Winter

Posted on December 6, 2017

Massachusetts fencePlenty of changes occur between the seasons. They affect everything you own. As heat changes and moisture fills the air, you need to prepare for everything. Even with the changes of the seasons and any preparation you do to get ready for it, you still need to protect your Massachusetts fence. Even in the midst of winter. When you have a wooden fence, it requires more care compared to other types of fencing. With these few tips, it’s easy to maintain your fence through the season and keep a barrier that will last you.

It is important that you check your fence on a regular basis. The weather associated with the winter months is not as friendly as what we experience during the summer months. Consider what could cause damage to your fence through the winter season. Rain and snow are the biggest culprits during this time of year. These lead to rot, so waterproofing your outdoor wall is important to prevent damage. Another issue that your wall faces is the change in humidity. While people associate the problems of the wood expanding and contracting with temperature, it relates to the relative humidity and the moisture content of the wood. Excess moisture will result in expanding and contracting of the wood. Expanding and contracting will affect certain areas of the wood differently. Knots could potentially lead to rot.

Another issue to look out for is the falling debris. Tree limbs coated in ice and snow tend to come with snow storms. Debris could cause damage to your Massachusetts fence that you will need to repair in the spring. So, consider having an arborist ensure that all of your trees will last through the winter.

While you keep an eye on the weather and the typical issues that come with the snow and rain of winter, it is also important that you keep an eye on your fence. Take the time to inspect your fence after every storm. An inspection will allow you to check for damage and potentially fix it, should the weather permit. Also make sure that you clean out leaves that are around your fence, especially in the fall when they can hold moisture. Your fence, while it may hold up for a majority of instances, needs to constantly be checked. That way, you ensure that any damage gets addressed as soon as possible.

Your wood fence is more susceptible to damage than chain-link or aluminum fences, especially vinyl options. If you are considering installing a wood fence, consider the maintenance requirements that come with it. Also, remember that you need to be able to afford the costs and fix any issues that come up promptly and efficiently.

For any Massachusetts fence installation or further questions, contact Garbarino Customs Co. today.