How often do we ever talk about snowfall in Florida? Nevertheless, recently a brutal winter storm dumped snow, sleet, and freezing rain on the Sunshine State. And, since we still have a lot of Winter left, more snow and ice is not completely out of the question. While it is not one of our most frequently asked customer questions, we wanted to answer, “Can snow damage wood fences?”
As those living in the North will tell you, cold weather, snow, sleet, and ice can all have an impact on your fence. So, many of them will take winterizing precautions. Yet, if you are a homeowner who does perform regular fence maintenance and inspections, you likely have little to worry about. Winterizing precautions typically include:
- Ensuring the wood fence is secure and sturdy,
- Checking for signs of rot or insect damage that could weaken it,
- Replacing boards as needed and repairing any cracks and holes, and
- When it does snow, gently clean accumulation off the fence with a broom.
Moreover, it is important that the wood fence is sealed and waterproofed. As a good Florida fence owner, this is a something you have done and work to maintain. Nevertheless, it is good to remind people that wood fences can absorb moisture. So, regularly check to make sure it is water resistant.
All that said, snow presents the same challenges as rain and other moisture, especially when it melts. So, there is a risk of mold, mildew, and rot. Also, an accumulation of ice can add additional pressure on any type fence structure, which can cause sagging, cracking, and warping. Finally, hail can damage all fences, not just wood, creating ugly marks. If you ever saw what hail can do to an automobile, then you have an idea what it can do to a fence or other outdoor structures.
Do you have questions? If you would like to talk about wood fence damage from winter storms, or a related topic, please contact us.