Is you wooden fence prepared for the coming winter? If not, now is the time to perform a few last-minute maintenance measures to ensure your fence lasts through the often-harsh Maryland winter. The constant moisture and fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your wood fence. Below you will find several of the most common winter-related fence problems and what you can do to deal with them.
Problem: Moisture weakens the wood fibers of your fence and promotes mold growth, mildew and rot.
Solution: Before winter is in full swing, apply a waterproof stain or sealant to your wood fence.
Constantly Changing Temperatures
Problem: The shifting temperature will cause your wooden fence to expand and contract, which can cause knots to fall out and leave your fence full of knotholes.
Solution: While you cannot prevent knotholes from occurring, you should address them as soon as they happen. Knotholes can invite rot and pests to infest your fence.
Problem: Heavy rain and snow can over-saturate your soil, leading to sinkholes, landslides, and shifts that could impact your fence’s support posts.
Solution: Keep your fence posts clear of leaves and other debris that may trap moisture. Also be on the look out to ensure that your posts remain straight and rot-free.
Problem: The added weight of snow and ice can cause tree limbs to collapse, possibly damaging your fence.
Solution: Trim back and overhanging branches that may pose a threat.
Other Maintenance Tips for Wood Fences Include:
• Inspect your wood fence after storms or high winds: Check for damage and ensure that the posts are still straight and level. Make any structural repairs as you find them.
• Clean your fence of debris: Remove any leaves or branches that may have settled on your fence or between boards.
• Replace damaged boards as they appear: Failing to do so may result in more substantial damage and costly repairs.
So do what you can to make sure your wood fence survives this winter.
If you have any questions, please contact Freedom Fence by calling 443-271-6841 or visit our website.
With 40 years of experience, Freedom Fence and Home has provided the highest quality fence and decking materials to its many residential and commercial clients throughout in Baltimore, Maryland and Harford county as well many residential clients in Baltimore county and Baltimore city. Our fencing experts are available to help homeowners and businesses select the right design and materials for any fence, deck or home improvment project.