For many Chicago residents, winter can be one of the most dreaded times of the whole year. Between temperatures that rarely get above freezing and snow that never seems to melt, the weather can impact just about everything. Homeowners constantly worry about their home during the winter months. What damage will I find come springtime? Is everything properly protected from the cold? If you are having these same thoughts, the fence surrounding your house can be equal cause for concern.
Wooden fences have come a long way but they aren't invincible. Not only is it important to repair them after the winter season, they need to be cared for before and during, as well. The following tips can give you a leg up on your neighbors and provide peace of mind no matter how cold it gets.
Prevent moisture from accumulating.
Snow can quickly collect on fences and stay there for months on end. It might look pretty, but it can pose a threat to the wood. Make a habit of clearing the snow from your fence during the winter to avoid mildew and possible decay.
Eliminate hazardous tree limbs.
Trees that are too close to your fence can be dangerous during the winter because of the snow. Snow makes branches heavy, causing them to break and fall on your fence. Eliminate this problem by trimming nearby trees and shaking the snow off before the branches snap.
Repair any damaged boards right away.
Damage in one area can weaken the entire fence, leading to more serious complications later down the line. Enlist the help of a professional to repair any damaged boards or areas that appear weak as soon as you notice a problem.
Regularly clear the cement footings.
This might be the last thing you feel like doing in the cold, but it can cause your fence to last longer. Moisture that accumulates on the cement may lead to cracks. Keep the cement footings free of snow, dirt, and fallen leaves.
It can be difficult to keep your fence properly maintained in the winter and repairs are often necessary. Fence Masters has over 30 years of experience restoring and installing fences, which is why customers continually trust us for their Chicago fence repair needs. Call today to schedule your free estimate!