Winterizing Your Fencing

Kentucky winters can be quite brutal at times. The weather fluctuates rapidly from day to day. One day we have the sun, one day we have rain, and then snow all in one week! This makes maintaining your fencing a significant job. A fence is an investment in your home that offers privacy, curb appeal, and a barrier for your family.

Wooden Fences

Wooden fences will take a little more upkeep than metal or iron fences. They are more susceptible to rot and warp. Once a board is rotted out or distorted, the only option you have is to replace it. This brings us to a few helpful tips.

  1. The first thing you should do is replace warped or broken boards. You don’t need to spend time winterizing fencing that isn’t of any use anymore.
  2. Clean the fence. Typically, you can use a pressure washer to scrub off any dirt or algae that accumulate throughout the year. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, scrubbing with a heavy-duty detergent will also work.
  3. Stain or paint your fence. This layer will protect for those harsh winter days, as well as for the rain in the springtime.

Metal Fence

Metal fence is much more durable than wooden fences when it comes to winterizing. Although it’s not quite as appealing as a beautiful privacy fence, it gets the job done. It does make the upkeep pretty simple, which can be a great thing!

  1. If your fence is rusting anywhere, it’s best to take a wire brush to knock off any rust spots. Metal is very durable, even when it has a bit of rust.
  2. If there are any raw spots leftover from the rust, you scrubbed away, treat them with a rust protection spray. 
  3. You also have the option of powder coating your fencing. It costs a little more in the short term but will make your metal fence last much longer.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fence is a marriage between a wood fence and a metal fence. It is a durable material that looks like wood, with minimal upkeep. When the weather starts to turn, it’s best to give your fence a good wash. Vinyl fence shows dirt and debris more so than contrasting fencing. The good part about that is, it washes off very quickly. The only concern with vinyl fencing is loose screws and parts. 

Call Us Today!

If your fencing needs repair after all of your winter maintenance, then call the professionals. Roark Fencing offers many different options for new fencing, as well as fixes for existing fencing. We like to think of ourselves as Central Ky best fencing installers, here to help our consumers. Give us a call today for a free estimate!