Cold Weather Fence Maintenance

February 10, 2014

Snow, freezing rain and salt trucks are not common of sights around Atlanta at any time of the year. Even in winter the average high is more than 50 degrees with the average lows hovering steady above freezing.

Not this year though.

Call it “global warming,” “climate change,” or a “mysterious polar vortex shoving the type of weather Canadians refer to as ‘spring’ hundreds of miles south” – whatever it is, it’s cold and it has Atlanta looking a little too much like a promotional poster for the “The Walking Dead.”

It’s understandable that rough travel conditions and shoveling sidewalks have monopolized your attention this winter but snow and freezing rain can wreak havoc on more than just roads and walk ways. There may be a few items in your own yard in need of some extra attention this year.

Protect your Atlanta Fence this winter

Snow and freezing rain can do a number on fences, especially wood fences. Luckily, Chamblee Fence has you covered with a few tricks to keep your fence looking great year round.

  • Inspect your fence after each major winter storm. Make sure all the posts are level and there is no major damage from falling debris. The sooner you catch damage the easier it will be to fix before more is sustained throughout the winter.
  • Clean your fence regularly. Take a broom and quickly wipe away leafs, sticks and snow before debris has a chance to gather along your fence.
  • Replace damaged boards immediately. As soon as you realize there is damage, get the boards replaced.

Winter fence damage

Now that you know what to do to keep your fence looking good all winter long, we’ll go over a few of the biggest culprits of winter fence damage in Atlanta.

  • Built-up moisture causing wood rot and mildew. To address this issue, make sure to stain your fence each spring and remove access moisture after each winter storm.
  • Falling limbs and debris. High winds, sleet and other winter storm damage send debris flying from trees right onto your fence. Clean up debris as quickly as possible and repair your fence quickly to prevent future storm damage.
  • The shifting of soil. During the winter the ground freezes and thaws regularly. This causes the soil supporting your fence posts to shift and become loose.
  • Build up of mildew and moss. Long, wet winters can cause unsightly build ups on a wood fence. Removing mildew and moss throughout the year keep your fence looking good.
  • Rain and snow. Rain and snow storms bring unwanted moisture to fencing. The best way to fight prolonged moisture on your fence is by applying a waterproof stain in the spring.
  • Contracting and expanding wood. Fences made of wood contract and expand with the rise and fall of temperatures. In the winter it’s important to keep an eye on the health of your fence and address these issues as they come up.

Fence installation for Atlanta in winter

If your fence has sustained too much winter damage, or you’re looking to install a brand new fence, Chamblee Fence offers fence installation year round and winter is a great time to do it. Fence installations are in high demand during warmer months and it can take longer to schedule a home fencing projects than in the winter. So if you are in the market for a new fence in the Atlanta area, contact Chamblee Fence Company today to get started!