Winter weather can be very damaging to your residential fence, but some materials are sturdier and handle the cold better than others. Since metal does not absorb water from snow and ice, it can be beneficial to incorporate some type of metal into your fence. Continue reading to learn about the best fencing materials for cold climates.
Wood Fences with Metal Posts
Wood fences look beautiful, but they do not handle the winter snow and rain well. They absorb water, which can result in sagging, swelling, cracking, and breaking. While this may still happen with a wooden fence with metal posts, the metal posts help the structure remain strong and last longer. If you fence is relying on wooden posts to hold it up, it will likely need repairs after each winter season. But a wooden fence with metal posts has a higher chance of staying up through at least a few winters.
Steel fences are a great choice for cold climates, as they add an aesthetically pleasing look to your property and remain strong all year-round. No part of the steel fence will be prone to water absorption like a wooden fence, but water can collect in the joints and around fittings. While it is rare that expansion or contraction problems will affect the fittings, its best to be cautious and perform regular maintenance. The heavy material will also ensure that your fence stands strong through storms and high-winds during any season.
Aluminum fences have a similar look to steel or wrought iron fences, but they are much lighter and easier to install. While they have the same benefits of lasting through winter rain, snow, and ice, they have the downside of not being as strong as steel. Depending on the quality of your aluminum fence, it may be more prone to bending and denting. However, the material is built to withstand the many challenges of winter weather and may be the right choice for your yard!
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
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