When the weather outside is frightful you are going to want to protect your investments! Your beautiful wood fence is durable but taking steps to make sure cold winter weather doesn’t get the best of it is a must. Afterall, the combination of snow and wind is enough to bring down even the sturdiest of structures…if you let it.
Though not all Walpole customers have the fortunate of dealing with heaping piles of snow every year, here in New England it is a bitterly cold reality. So how do you make sure your beautiful fence stays beautiful into spring? How do you prevent damage to your wood fence in the winter?
1. Don’t drive into it. One of the surest ways to ruin a good fence is to have a plow hit it. When building your fence in the first place you should make sure it isn’t too close to the road so in the winter when plow drivers run amok you won’t have to worry about them taking your fence down the street (with your mailbox). Also, if your fence is close to the driveway shovel a bit of a barrier between the fence and the pavement just in case you slide while trying to park. Also be careful while shoveling near it. Many shovels have metal points that help when scraping the ground but can cause serious damage if you get too close to the fence.
2. Beware of falling tree limbs. When the snow piles up the branches of trees get incredibly heavy often causing them to crash to the ground. Before the snow begins to fall head outside (or hire someone) and trim the limbs and branches on the trees closest to your home and fence. Some trees are already weak going into the winter. Minimize costly damage by being proactive!
3. Always choose quality over price. If you have a Walpole fence you are already on the right track! When building a wood fence always select quality wood. If you don’t wood can seriously warp as it becomes wet and the water expands and contracts as it freezes. Even with a quality fence this is a possibility if it is not cared for. Consider an additional coat of stain before the winter if your fence is on the older side. If you just let it go these grooves will be used by pests in the spring and further deteriorate the wood.
4. Stain, stain, stain! Winter brings tons of excessive moisture to your fence and unlike the spring and summer it will get no warm days in the sun to dry out. This means mold and mildew will build up deep inside. You can avoid this, for the most part, by staining the wood before the cold hits.