Fence maintenance is essential year-round, but especially at the beginning of a new season. As the weather changes and the temperature increases or decreases, your fence needs upkeep to ensure it lasts throughout the season. Continue reading for a few important tips on how to maintain your fence this fall.
Autumn is known for unpredictable weather, as mornings tend to be chilly while the temperature in the afternoon gets much hotter. With such drastic changes in temperature, wooden fences are at risk of expanding and contracting. This can result in a fence full of knot holes, which does not make a very appealing look. The best way to avoid these holes is to inspect your fence often this season, and use wood gap filler to fill any holes as soon as you notice them. If you leave the knot holes open for too long, rot and pests can do further damage to your fence.
Moisture weakens the wood fibers of a fence and allows your mold growth, mildew, and rot. In addition to rain, wet materials can also accelerate rot, such as leaves, twigs, or acorns. The best way to avoid fence damage from moisture is to apply a waterproof stain or sealant to your fence before winter arrives. Also, clear your fence of any organic matter that gets stuck between the rails and boards.
Branches, leaves, and other debris can cause major damage to your residential fence. When snow piles up on trees, it doesn’t take much for old branches to break off. Take the time this fall to cut or trim branches that hang over your fence, as well as over your driveway and home.
Heavy rains in the fall and snow in the winter can over-saturate soil, which may lead to sinkholes, landslides, and other shifts that may move your fence’s support posts. Be sure to clean up all leaves and other debris around the fence posts, and inspect your fence often to look for misalignments and rot.
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