What You Need to Know About Winterizing Your Fence

What You Need to Know About Winterizing Your Fence

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 15:07

The holidays are upon us here in western North Carolina. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Asheville and surrounding towns. Residents and businesses are decorating for the season with lights, garland, and more. Even if it doesn’t snow, it is still a winter wonderland. Of course, many area residents are crossing their fingers and looking to the sky in hopes of a white Christmas. 

If there is one downside to living in this amazing area, it is that winter can carry on well beyond the holidays. Snow and ice can continue impacting Buncombe and Henderson counties through March and even April. 

Is your fence ready for the cold and winter weather the next three to five months can bring?

In this article, we are helping area property owners prepare their fencing for winter. 

Winterizing Your Fence in the Asheville Area

The process for winterizing your fence will be dependent on the type of material with which it’s made. 

Winterizing Wooden Fences

Winterizing your wooden fence begins with inspecting them for any signs of wear and tear. Make sure you do this on a dry day with no moisture on the wood. Keep an eye out for any spots that might be rotting. If wood is rotted, it will need to be removed and repaired,

If you don't remedy these items now, any snow, ice, winds, or rain will exacerbate the damage already there, costing you a lot more money to repair in the spring. This is something you'll need to deal with immediately to prevent it from spreading.

Winterizing Ornamental Steel and Aluminum Fences

Asheville Fence uses metal to construct our ornamental fencing products.  Aluminum, for example, takes little care (especially if it's been powder-coated), but if the surface coating is worn, you'll need to scrape and re-coat it to prevent further damage.

Rust protection is required for steel fencing. Maintenance should be minimal if it was professionally built and finished with E-Coat. However, before winterizing this kind of fencing, make sure there are no signs of rust. If you see signs of rust, contact your trusted fence builders at Asheville Fence.

Winterizing PVC/Vinyl Fences

Vinyl/PVC fencing requires the least amount of maintenance of any fencing material. However, it is important to inspect the full perimeter of your fence, noting any damage. Along with your fence posts, any missing or loose components or panels should be addressed. If you spot any damage, make sure to fix it before the winter sets in.

It is a good idea to have your fence thoroughly washed before the first frost to remove any lingering debris or grime. This will help remove any mold, algae, or other stubborn stains on your fence. 

General Pre-Winter Fence Maintenance 

In addition to material-specific fence winterizing, here are some general recommendations for protecting any type of fencing through winter:

  • Clean Up Leaves: When leaves piled up around the base of your fence or stick to the sides, they will leave behind stains and create an environment in which mold and mildew can develop. 
  • Cut Back Limbs: Throughout winter, our area is susceptible to rounds of heavy rain, high winds, sleet and freezing rain, and heavy wet snow. If you have large, potentially dead limbs hanging near or over your fence, they can become weighted by ice and snow or blown down by the wind, damaging your fence. Cut back those limbs before the weather strikes. 
  • Avoid Using Your Fence as Storage: While it may be tempting to hang decorative plants or even ladders and hoses on your fence, these things can get blown around or laden with ice through the course of winter. When that happens, it can cause damage to your fence. 
  • Keep Your Fence Clean: After rounds of winter weather, when the sun finally comes out, take some time to clean your fence before the next storm hits. 
  • Clear the Snow: Snow is one of the most polarizing types of weather in western North Carolina. Some people long for it while others want to avoid it at all costs. If it does snow several inches, clear it from the base of your fence as soon as possible. Otherwise, it could freeze and lock the bottom of your fence in moisture for days or weeks. 

The first step to making sure your fence is ready for winter and any season is having your custom fence built by the experts at Asheville Fence. If you are ready to know more about how you can have a beautiful, high-quality, low-maintenance fence on your property, contact the team at Asheville Fence

We can provide a safe, no-contact, free estimate, so you can know you are getting the best price on the best fence today.