Unlike your outdoor furniture or garden decorations, you can’t bring your fence inside when the weather starts to change. Instead, there are steps you can take to make sure your fence is well taken care of. That way, it can outlast the winter, year after year.
Remove Leaves and Debris
Leaves, debris, and dirt can all trap moisture against your fence. Make sure these are removed so that air can flow freely and reduce the growth of mold and mildew.
Clean Your Fence
Using your garden hose or pressure washer, clean your fence before winter. You can also apply a solution containing one part oxygen bleach and three-parts water to kill off any mold and bacteria that may already be on your fence.
Trim Low-Hanging Branches
Ice, snow, and strong winds can cause branches to break and fall, damaging your fence. Make sure to trim any low-hanging branches you see before this can happen.
If you’ve noticed any leaning fence posts or cracks in your vinyl panels, now is the time to get them fixed. Although this is a project you could do yourself, you may want to call in a professional to make sure the job is done right the first time.
Keep an Eye on Fence Posts
Fluctuations in temperature mean that the soil around your fence posts is freezing and thawing. This could cause your fence posts to shift or become loose. Keep an eye on your fence posts throughout the winter, and when spring comes, use a string to make sure all your posts are still level.
If you have a wooden fence, you’ll want to make sure it’s properly stained and sealed before bad weather hits. This will help to keep mold and mildew at bay, along with any other water damage that could occur throughout the winter.
If you have found your wooden fence needing more and more maintenance, and are thinking of replacing it, request a quote from Clarksville Fencing today! Fall and winter are actually a great time for fence installation.