When the snow starts to pile up, the chances of drifting snow increase significantly. While it’s not too often that we get enough snow to cause serious drift issues in the DC area, there is usually enough to warrant the use of a snow fence. Snow fences are a simple solution to an annoying problem, as they are a great way to keep snow off your driveway and road this winter.
What Is The Role Of A Snow Fence?
When the wind blows after the snow has fallen, it can cause snow drifts, depending on the weight of the snow, these can be very significant. Not only can snow drifts cause the roads to become overrun with snow, but they can blow over your freshly plowed or shoveled driveway quickly erasing all your hard work. A snow fence works to cause the snow to drift only on its downward side. While it doesn’t prevent snow, it can help stop it from moving into the road or your driveway. Before you begin installing your snow fence, there are a few details you’ll need to know. For the fence to be effective, it needs to be installed using a specific calculation to be effective. In general, you need to multiply 35 times the height of the fence to find the right distance. Using this method a three-foot fence would be installed 105 feet away from your driveway or road.
What Supplies Will You Need?
For the most part, installing a fence requires few supplies and can be relatively cheap, You’ll need your fencing material as well as T-posts, cable ties, and a rubber mallet to help push the posts into the ground. If it is already winter, it is best to add a pair of safety gloves to your list as well. With temperatures dropping the posts and fencing can irritate your hands if you are not prepared.
How Do You Install Your Snow Fence?
Installing your snow fence is easy, for most 4’ fences your T-posts will sit about 8’ apart with end posts about 6’ or less away from their next posts. These specific distances are needed to ensure that the fence will be strong enough to withstand heavy snow. Posts should be pushed about ⅓ of their height into the ground with the fencing attached by cable tie starting about 5” above ground height.
Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC
Hercules Fence DC has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. We have extensive experience working with families and pet owners to keep the most important members of their home safe, so call us today about installing a new pet fence for your family. Contact us by giving us a call at 301-441-1600 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.