You've brought your patio furniture into the garage. You collected
wood for the fireplace. You even have a new set of mittens in the closet.
Sounds like you are ready for another biting-cold Chicago winter. But
while you are thinking about spending your days inside your toasty abode,
have you stopped to think about what is going to happen to your property
exposed to the elements?
Decks and fences – especially those made of wood – are subject
to some noticeable damage during the winter that many homeowners and business
managers don't address until the spring. By then, repairs could be
difficult and a total replacement of the fence or deck might be necessary.
Instead of waiting until after the last minute, check out these hazards
the average fence may encounter this winter, and why you should schedule
repairs before frost falls over Chicago.
Not Today, Knotholes!
As the temperature starts to drop and fluctuate, it is not uncommon for
knotholes to rattle themselves out of wooden fences. The result is a hole
that looks awfully inviting to termites. Handle any potential knothole
issues ahead of time to avoid turning your fence into a hotel for insects.
Filling the Gaps
For the same reason why knotholes may appear in the colder months, gaps
between planks of wooden fences and decks can become prominent. The more
wide gaps you have, the weaker the entire structure becomes, and you risk
Watch Your Head
Snow is not the only thing that falls during the winter season. Sometimes
branches take a tumble, too, and cause considerable property damage. Either
reinforce your fences and decks near trees now, or start slicing up your conifers.
Stand Up Straight
As the temperature changes, so does the consistency of the soil. Some patches
may become brittle, dry, or otherwise unstable, and fence posts start
to lean. Have a professional inspect each post and determine which ones
need reinforcement, repair, or replacement.
It's Up to Your Knees Out There
Perhaps the main reason you should be considering fence and deck repairs
sooner than later is the major inconvenience inches of snow makes for
everyone. Even the best crews might not be able to readily access your
damaged property if snowfall won't let up. If something goes wrong
and your fence is damaged, it could be a while before it can be corrected.
Looking for friendly and experienced fence and deck installation and repair service?
Contact our Chicago fence repair team at Fence Masters today and ask how you should prepare your property for
the winter. We have 30+ years of service experience and offer free estimates, so call
708.758.5250 now. We look forward to hearing from you.