Shoulda, Wooda, Coulda: Don't let your fence continue to weather the winter.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Wed, Jan 18, 2017


You already know it is critical that you prepare your fence for the winter months since it can cause a wide variety of damage to your fence. Severe weather can do enormous damage. Before, you write it off, you can still apply protective maintenance tips to your fence before the next batch of winter weather.

The Big Freeze

With temperatures at a record zero degree average, Richmond Metro, and Norfolk areas this week, your fence is continually alternating between cold wet and warmer wet moisture.  While our wood fences are installed with high-quality wood products, the organic structure of wood can still give pesky mold and mildew opportunity to flourish. 

If you have not already this year, you can still help protect the life of your wood fence by applying a high-quality fence stain and sealant in between storms. 

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String Theory

Inspect your wood fence following significant storms. Check for damage and ensure the posts are still level by running a piece of string along the tops.

Look for dips or rises in the string, and examine those posts to see if repairs are needed. Making structural repairs now will prevent the damage from worsening throughout the winter.

Read more about measuring with string here


Snowed In

Whether you live on the main street or a winding country road, snow plows will push dirt, snow ice and chemicals from the road all over your fence.

When you gear up to go outside to clear the driveway, you should at least try and knock most if not all of the lingering snow from your fence. The longer moisture sits, the more damage it may do.

Remove any branches that look prone to breaking off especially if they are large in size. Routinely clean your fence of leaves or other organic matter that has settled on the rails or become lodged between boards.

Overhanging tree limbs can break under the weight of snow and ice, causing damage to your fence on their way to the ground. Monitor any trees within falling distance of your fence, and trim back any branches.

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Topics: wood fence, residential fences, chain link, fence cost, winter fence, snow fence

Proactive Projects: The Perks of Winter Fence Installation

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Dec 10, 2016

This time of year, visions of butterflies and backyard barbecues are overshadowed by ones of sugar plums and mistletoe. However, having your fence installed in the fall & winter months has some crucial advantages you should consider.

Along with the latest toys and technologies, a new fence is a perfectly reasonable and highly impactful gift to add to the top of your Holiday Wish List. Indeed, September-March is the best time to build your new fence.

Overlooked, but probably not a surprise that conscious consumers make big purchases for their homes in the off season. The fact is that most homeowners are not concentrating on outdoor projects until the spring thaw.

Preparing your home and business for annual winter weather should be a priority. Before you head out into the wild winter wilderness, here's some insight into scheduling and installing a fence in early winter so that you can check those projects off your list, twice.

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TIME & LABOR

It’s simple supply and demand. Homeowners who do their homework want the best service, and they want it at a reduced cost with little to no overtime. Being aware that in the off season; you are likely to pay less for your residential fence installation and get the most attention from your contractor.

Professional fence contractors tend to fill up very quickly with new and repeat Residential Commercial & Industrial customers during the spring and summer.

Peak season fence installations can have longer turnaround times.  Other anticipated spring projects could end up on the back burner waiting for installation from a busy contractor.

Keep in mind that there are two winter situations where fence installation on is not recommended.

  • Rainy days: Digging in the mud is never easy, and the holes tend to fill with water. Even if you do manage to get the fence up, chances are it will not be straight.

  • Lots of snow: Snow causes issues with the string line as well as the barrier edges.

 

  

 

A huge perk of this strategy is that when you start your fence installation in the off-season months, you will get to work in close collaboration with your Professional Fence Specialist. If you have specialty materials or regulated job specifications, a fence company can help you line that up.

Off Season is perfect timing to replace a dilapidated or damaged fence. Maybe you are ready to replace an old fence on your property that is not up to code.

Alternatively, if you are tired of staining and maintaining an old wood fence, you may want to consider a low maintenance option like vinyl or Ornamental Aluminum.

These two options need very little attention after installation. Replacing your wood fence with these options will allow you to see firsthand how these weather resistant materials stand up to the colder months.


WILL END OF YEAR FENCE INSTALLATION BENEFIT NEXT YEAR'S HOUSE PROJECTS?

It is a good idea to consider pool installation in winter months as those prices are also generally lower. Having the pool and fence ready to go by the time the flowers start blooming will be worth its weight in winter weather. Be proactive and schedule your pool and fence jobs in unison.

If you are in contact with your pool company for a winter installation, a Professional Fence Specialist should be able to work with your preferred contractor. Both construction companies should work in sync to achieve your individual project goals.

A Professional Fence Company should even be able to provide temporary fencing for the duration of the construction process. They can help streamline your project for your future Residential Fence Installation.

RECALL THE MOST FAMOUS REASON OF ALL

There’s nothing quite like that first enchanting blanket of snow, timeless holiday lighting and cool holiday decor Christmas draped across your fence. Your neighbors and family will be in awe at the sight of your very own winter wonderland. Moreover, while your neighbors are planning and constructing and spending, you’ll be the one chilling.

Topics: Fence, Privacy Fence, Aluminum Fence, wood fence, resiedential fence, fall projects, holiday fence, winter fence

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