While autumn is, in many areas, one of the prettiest times of the year, it is also a season that can be very hard on your residential fencing. Most fences, especially if installed by a good, professional fence contractor, will be able to stand up to most wind and weather, but most also require at least some fence maintenance, especially in the fall. Read on to learn more about the tasks you should be doing this fall and every fall to protect your fence.
Staining Or Painting
If your residential fencing is made from a material that requires yearly painting or staining, it is important to get it done before the winter. Many materials, like vinyl fencing, do not require this step. However, if your fence is wood or made of certain metals, you should plan to paint it or stain it (an option in the case of wood) each year. Many people do this in the spring or summer, but if you forgot or didn’t get around to it, do it now.
While the winter and the winter holidays are on their way, that’s not the type of tree trimming you should be doing to protect your fence. Many yards have trees along or near the fence line; especially in wet weather, the branches hang down and even touch the fence. This can be dangerous for your fence, especially as we move into winter when ice and snow can make those branches very heavy. Take the time now to trim away any branches that hang on or hang down over your fence.
Leaves are a fact of the fall, and many people choose not to rake them up (which is sometimes the best ecological choice). You should keep them from piling up against your fence whenever possible. Piles of leaves trap moisture against your fencing and can cause damage. When you’re done raking them away, don’t lean your tools against the fence, as that can also potentially cause damage, especially if they lean there for a while.
Make Repairs Pronto
Finally, if you have noticed any damage to or issues with your fence, it is important to fix them now, before we move into the winter with its repeating freeze-thaw cycle. Small damage that is allowed to linger through the winter can become a big problem by the spring. Even if it is inconvenient right now, getting the repairs done pronto is the best way to protect your fence.
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