How to Care for Your Fence During Summer
Summer threatens a fence with heat, humidity, and rust. Whether it’s a wood fence, a chain link fence or wrought iron fence, all are at the risk of slow deterioration from the summer's heat. Proper fence care and maintenance will not only make your fence last longer but also keep the curb appeal intact. Protect your fence early with effective measures so that you don’t need to worry about the fence repair.
When it gets really hot in the summer, you can prolong the life of your fence by following some basic fence care tips:
Wash Your Fence
One of the best things you can do to avoid fence repair is to simply wash it. Over the winter, your fence was likely exposed to rain, snow, and all sorts of natural debris. In many cases, this debris can stick to the fence and compromise its structure.
When you’re working on a chain link fence, you may also want to consider using a power washer or pressure washing machine to get rid of debris. If the fence is painted, make sure you stand the recommended distance away to avoid blasting the paint off.
All chain link fences have hinges, and these are often the first thing to rust. Once they become rusted, they can be very hard to deal with and damage your fence while also making it hard to use. Replace hinges that are damaged or rusted as soon as possible to avoid serious, long-term problems that could result in you having to repair or replace your fence.
Though vines and climbers enhance the look of your fence, they may damage it over a long period of time. Vegetation that grows on or near your fence may also attract rodents and insects that can cause damage to your fence. Remove weeds, trim grass, and prune overhanging vines and climbers.
Check Trees and Roots
Trees and roots both can damage your fence, and even if you’re diligent, it may not be obvious when damage is happening. Cut off the looming tree branches as they may cause damage during a storm. If they are on your neighbor’s property, talk to them before proceeding further.
Check the ground below the fence periodically for potential dangers. If you have wrought iron fence, check for rust around the joints. Look out for any breaks or warping in the fence. See whether there are termites or any signs of mildew or irreversible rot.
Fence care and maintenance will help your fence last longer, and you’ll spend less on fence repairs over the life of the fence.