Although winters can be a lot of fun in Indiana, they can also be damaging for fences. Once the weather starts to improve, take the time to inspect and clean your fence for optimum performance. At Mr. Fence, we understand all fencing types and what it takes to keep them in pristine condition.
So, with that in mind, here are some tips and tricks for making sure your fence is ready for spring.
Typically speaking, property owners love vinyl fences because they offer the same aesthetic as wood without the upkeep and maintenance. For the most part, you will not have to do much to protect the vinyl, meaning that it will stay in good shape year after year.
Overall, keeping the vinyl fencing clean is extremely important. Dirt, grime and mildew can all collect over time, which can make the surface look dingy and faded. Fortunately, a good power washing is usually more than sufficient to get it looking like new.
Also, vinyl coloring will start to fade from sun damage. Usually, it will become noticeable after about 10 years, depending on where the fence is located and how much sun it gets daily. If you want to avoid this problem altogether, get UV-protected vinyl fencing from Mr. Fence.
For those who do not like the idea of routine maintenance and care, aluminum fences are the best option. Because this material does not rust, you do not have to worry about it much, if at all. Even problems like dirt and grime usually do not apply since they are not very noticeable.
Pay particular attention to the gate hinge. Over time, as the metal expands and contracts with the weather, the hinge can start to crack or loosen. If you notice any squeaking, it is time to inspect it. In rare cases, you may have to replace the whole hinge. If that is the case, be sure to call Mr. Fence so we can come out and do the job for you.
Take advantage of the warmer weather to check the fence posts. Water, such as from snow-melt, can loosen the foundation and cause it to sink improperly. Push the post slightly. If it moves, you will have to reinforce it.
Although wood is not as durable or low-maintenance as vinyl, it is more cost-effective. However, you will need to check on it far more regularly, even if you coat it with sealant and paint. Typically speaking, the issues that you’ll have to watch out for include:
Water can seep into the wood, creating a haven for mold. Over time, that mold will eat away at the fibers, making it weaker.
If your wooden fence is not treated with insecticides, it is important to look for nests and burrows each spring.
Knotting and Warping
Unfortunately, water and temperature changes can cause wood to expand and contract over time. Knotting and warping will lead to further damage, so those pieces will have to be replaced.
Along with these problems, you still need to clean your fence consistently. After each cleaning, paint any cracked or peeling spots and then finish with a coat of sealant. Preventative maintenance can go a long way to ensuring that your fence lasts years without any significant problems.
Like wood, this material is relatively cost-effective and easy to install. However, chain-link fences come with some unique problems, such as:
If your chains are made of iron, then you have to watch out for rust. Clean your fence often and coat it if possible.
Holes/Tears – If you have a covering on your fence to prevent people from peering into your property, give it a close inspection to look for places that need patching after a long winter.
Loose Nails and Screws
Unlike other fences, chain-link models can come loose over time. Check for any exposed nails and screws, or any that are coming out.
No matter what type of fencing you have, we have the tools and experience to help with any repairs and upkeep. Not only that, but we can provide new sections of your fence and install them as necessary. Do not settle for a fence that is second-best. Let Mr. Fence make your property look its best this spring season.