As winter approaches, it's time to think about protecting one of the most crucial components of your property - your fence. The cold, harsh conditions can take a toll on your fence, potentially leading to significant damage if not properly prepared. But fear not, winterizing your fence doesn't have to be a complicated task. In this blog post, we'll guide you through five simple steps to protect and prepare your fence for the winter months. So, whether your fence is newly installed or getting on in years, these tips will help ensure your fence stands strong against the winter weather. Let's dive in!
1.Inspect your fence perimeter.
Scrutinize for any signs of wear and tear, particularly at the top and bottom areas. The top section might be affected by fallen tree limbs or sagging, while the bottom is often susceptible to damage. Ensure that the fence is securely attached to the ground and there are no signs of animals attempting to push up or dig beneath it. For poly fences, watch out for rodent activity and lawn care-related damage at the bottom. If your fence is older than five years or exposed to a lot of sunlight, ensure all self-locking ties are in robust condition and replace any that are loose or damaged.
2.Clear away summer vines and autumn leaves.
Fall is an excellent time to remove anything that has grown on your fence during the summer. Simply cut the base of any weeds or vines using the fence as support. There's no need to fully remove them from the fence - as they die off, they should naturally fall back to the ground by spring. Be sure to clear any accumulated leaves from the bottom of the fence. Leaves can trap moisture and cause rust on metal fences or create a moldy environment for your fence.
3.Review all gates.
Confirm that all gate latches function correctly, and gate hinges are secure. Also, verify that the fence is firmly attached to the gate frame. If your gate features a cane bolt, make sure it is securely fastened in its holder. If your gate opener is not in pristine condition, consider replacing it. Gates are prone to wear and tear due to frequent use, so inspect them regularly for any signs of damage.
4.Examine all line posts.
You should also check the overall stability and alignment of your fence. Over time, soil erosion or shifting can cause fences to become unlevel or even collapse. Use a level to ensure that your fence posts are straight and securely anchored in the ground. If there are any areas where the fence is leaning or uneven, consider reinforcing those areas with additional posts or supports.
5.Evaluate termination points and cables.
Inspect all end points of the fence to guarantee everything is tightly secured. Confirm that all brace pipes are fastened and haven't moved. Also, ensure that all tension bands are in place and secure.
Cables can stretch and loosen over time, especially compared to newly installed systems. Inspect if any cable supports require tightening. To do this, you have two options: Retighten the Gripple using the Gripple Tightening Tool or hold the Gripple in one hand while using pliers to pull the cable back towards the fence line. By retightening the cables, you help strengthen the overall integrity of the fence and prevent sagging.
Regular maintenance and inspection of your fence perimeter is crucial to ensure its longevity. By taking the time to inspect for any potential issues and addressing them promptly, you can save yourself from costly repairs in the future. Keep your fence well-maintained to not only protect your property but also enhance its visual appeal. Remember, a little effort now can go a long way in preserving your fence for years to come. So don't neglect your fence and make sure to give it the attention it deserves. Happy fencing!