When it comes to owning anything in life, the goal is to have it perform its job and last for a long period of time. For fences, without proper maintenance, Mother Nature can do damage to the supports and overall structure of the fence, which can lead to faster deterioration and unwanted hazards.
The following are a few things to be aware of when it comes to securing your fence. By looking out for these common hazards you can properly maintain your fence to assure it lasts as long as you want it to.
Protecting Fences From Natural Elements
Whatever type of material your fence is made up of—wood, aluminum, or vinyl—all materials can be broken down by natural events. Whether by humidity, rain, wind, or insects, your fence is constantly being bombarded by the elements.
A fence that is not maintained is more likely to suffer from loose components and debris. Check to see if your fence suffers from any of the following symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Loose Nails And Sharp Metal Burs
- Loose Fence Panels That Could Become Airborne In High Winds
- Corroded Hinges And Fasteners On Gates And Security Enclosures
- Sharp Pieces Of Wood
- Unstable And/Or Weak Posts
In Florida alone, the threat of damage caused during hurricane season is enough to cause a majority of these common hazards. Not only does fixing and repairing your fence mean avoiding hazardous conditions, but also it ensures your fence will last longer than if you simply left it alone.
Depending on the materials used to build your fence, there are things you can do to avoid damage from bugs, rust, and corrosion. Certain paints and varnishes have been developed to stop bugs from eating away at wood fences, and there are sprays available for metal fences to avoid rusting and corrosion due to humidity and water.
Proper fence installation does not end the second your fence is installed. It requires dedication and commitment to perform regularly scheduled maintenance to avoid deterioration and unsafe conditions. By doing so you can avoid expensive repair costs and have a longer lasting and more durable fence.