Your fence goes through a lot to keep itself standing. It has to deal with so many weather conditions, from heavy snow to pouring rain to extreme wind, and more! When you’re picking fencing for your home, you should consider how the forces of nature are going to come into play. Depending on the material you choose, your fencing will have varying levels of success holding its own against Mother Nature. But how exactly does weather affect your fencing? Here is how weather can impact your fence.
How Temperature Affects Your Fence
Let’s start with the temperatures surrounding us right now: the warm temperatures of summer. There are fencing materials that expand when exposed to temperatures that are high enough. If the material you use isn’t malleable enough and capable of a little bending, your fence will sustain some significant damage.
For cold temperatures, the flexibility of your fence could be compromised. When fencing isn’t as flexible, it takes less pressure to break the structure, which can be a serious issue.
While you might like being able to bask in the sun, the same cannot always be said for your fence. Many fencing materials will start degrading or becoming discolored if they catch enough UV rays. Wood fences are among the more vulnerable fencing materials because they don’t take much time to start fading once the sun is able to shine on them for long enough.
You can minimize how much damage the sun can cause by investing in materials that can handle extended exposure to sunlight. Vinyl fencing is a perfect sun-resistant choice, made from materials that stop degradation from UV lights.
Damage Caused by Moisture
For a few fencing materials, water can cause fences to develop mold or begin rotting. Once again, wood fences are facing the bulk of the risks, especially because wood is a material that is especially vulnerable to water. If your wooden fence feels soft, it means rotting could be taking place, in which case, you will have to get the fence replaced. If your fencing has a few cracks or holes in it, you can patch them up using putty.
It’s advised that you get fencing that has waterproof treatments in it. You could even decide to get a fence that is made from water-resistant material. Aluminum and vinyl are perfect candidates for your fence.
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