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Help your fence survive the winter

Help your fence survive the winter

Help your fence survive the winter

It’s definitely starting to get cold and winter is well and truly underway! To keep your fence attractive and welcoming for the holidays , keep wood fence maintenance in mind. 

How does winter weather affect my fence?

Excess moisture and changing temperature are trouble makers in the winter and can affect the condition of your fence. 

Rain and snow

Moisture softens the wood fibers, leading to mould, mildew & rot. In order to protect your fence against rain and snow, use a waterproof stain or sealant and keep spaces between boards free of leaves and debris to allow airflow. 

Changing temperature

The knots in the fence boards expand and contract at different rates than the surrounding wood, which may cause them to fall out during the winter and leave knotholes. These holes are breeding grounds for rot and pest infestation.

Shifting soil

Water saturates into soil, causing sinkholes, landslides and shifts in the soil that can affect the posts of the fence. Check the fence posts throughout the winter to make sure they are straight, stable and free of rot.

Falling Debris

Snow or ice weigh down the branches of any overhanging trees. The branches may not be able to support the weight and could break, causing damage to structures like your fence. Keep an eye on trees near the fence, and trim back branches that appear to be a possible threat. 

How do I maintain my fence in the winter?
  • Apply a stain
  • Inspect your fence damage after every major storm to make sure it is still stable and level.
  • Regularly clean off leaves or debris that has landed on the fence rails
  • Keep the cement footing free of dirt
  • Replace any damaged boards

Does your fence need an upgrade or repair? Let us take a look for you! Give us a call on 01480 220434 or email us at info@cbs-group.org

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