Protect your fence from snow this winter. Snow is an unavoidable environmental hazard. It blocks roads, caves in roofs, and more. To prepare for this winter, here is how snow can affect your fencing. Knowing how snow affects your building and property can keep you from spending thousands in damages no matter the structure.
Heavy Snow Can Mutilate Metal Fences
As snow accumulates, it gets very heavy. Wet snow is denser than dry snow, making it even heavier. Heavy snow can make a roof fall in if left for too long. After a snowstorm, you should clean the snow off your fences. Otherwise, they will bend and may develop rust if the snow is left to melt. Chain-link fences are not as sturdy as ornamental fences. Even after one heavy snowstorm, your chain-link fence may buckle. Fortunately, if this problem occurs, our team of fencing professionals will rectify the fence and place another post where the damage occurred.
Always Protect Your Wood
Even with protective coatings, your fencing lives in the environment. Over time, wooden fences will exhibit damage no matter how well protected they are. However, you can extend their lifespan by keeping them well-maintained. During a snowstorm, the snow will accumulate on the wooden fence. If the snow is allowed to melt and refreeze, the snow could freeze to the wooden fence and affect the protective coatings. Depending on the age and durability of your fence, wet snow will dampen the wooden fence if it is exposed. Damp wood can rot quickly, even in freezing temperatures.
Vinyl Fences Should Be Cleaned of Snow
The most popular and probably most durable fencing material, vinyl, has excellent natural defenses against snow. Vinyl is waterproof, making it less likely to rot or rust if left in the snow. However, similar to metal fencing, a vinyl fence could buckle under a large amount of snow. Additionally, the ground generally freezes at the same time it snows. Frozen ground can affect how stable the vinyl fence posts are unless their foundations are deep enough. Our fencing professionals are familiar with the climate of Washington, DC, and will service your fence accordingly.
Residential Fences from Hercules Fence DC
Hercules Fence DC has been providing property owners 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, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.