Winter is finally here in the Ozarks, which means cold weather, snow and hopefully not too much freezing rain. Even though our fences are made of high quality products to withstand the elements, it’s still important to take care of them. To help with that we’ve got four tips to help you maintain your fence, keeping it around for season’s to come.
Trim any overhanging tree limbs.
There are a couple issues that tree limbs can cause a fence during the winter. First, they can direct more water at the baseline of your fence. More water buildup means a better chance of thick ice buildup. Not only that, but the limbs themselves can get so heavy because of snow, or freezing rain that they could break and come crashing down on your fence.
Rake and shovel away any leaves or snow drift.
Yes, we all hate raking leaves and sometimes we think it might be easier to just brush them against the fence. You may want to rethink that this season, because those extra leaves will build up and hold moisture. The same goes for any snow drift. It’s important to allow your fence to breath throughout the winter, plus you don’t want to find any critters hiding in them!
Clean up your fence at the end of winter.
Just like your car, your fence needs a good wash every once in awhile. Give your fence a nice spray, or maybe even a wipe down at the end of the season. This not only cleans off any dirt build up, but it will help make your fence look great going into the spring months.
Don’t wait until the spring to repair your fence.
If your fence does experience damage either before or during winter it’s important to have it repaired as quickly as possible. This becomes even more important in the winter months when boards are expanding and contracting because of the elements. The last thing you want is a minor repair turning into a big project.
Remember, you can always give us a call at 417-221-4726 or stop by our office at 1716 W College Street in Springfield and we’d be happy to lend a hand with your fencing solution.