Fencing that Withstands Severe Weather
No matter where you live, there is always a potential of extreme weather disasters. From high winds to snowstorms, from hurricanes to tornadoes, from scorching heat to falling sleet, it is best to be prepared no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Make sure your home is up to the challenge. Start out by investing in a fence that will best be able to stand up to bad weather. Although there are some weather related events that cause damage no fence can withstand, there are certain materials that will stand up against tough conditions better than others.
Determine the extreme weather conditions that may be present in your area. Learn which fence material you should use to withstand these potentials, and which ones should be avoided at all costs. This is important whether you are updating your existing fence or looking to install one for the first time.
For many years wood fences have been one of the most popular choices for its relatively low costs and versatile look. You can paint it to your style, or leave it plain. When it comes to extreme weather conditions, wood is one of the worst types of materials as it doesn’t stand up to extreme weather conditions or changes in weather. High winds have the potential to knock these fences over while the sun can cause discoloration. To prevent sun damage clean the fence on a regular basis and apply a stain.
Vinyl fencing is more expensive, but stronger than wood fencing. It will be able to withstand some of the most extreme weather conditions. Homeowners who had some of the earliest vinyl fences began to notice they became weak and brittle when confronted with extreme weather conditions. Manufacturers have made changes to the material and design. Now many of them offer a lifetime warranty for their fences, helping them to last longer.
Chain link fences are in most cases inexpensive. Because of the way they are designed, the wind and rain is able to pass right through them, lessening the chances for damage. Make sure to invest in aluminum and zinc alloys for the latches and fasteners to prevent rusting. You can also use a preventative coating to stop rusting from occurring.
There are many different choices available when building a fence. Choose the material that will work best for your situation. If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather, choose the material that will best resist that weather, making it last longer than it otherwise could.