A more common way a fence can get damaged is not only from infestation, but the wind storms can conquer your fence. Lately, we have been experiencing some righteous wind storms in Utah. About 1,500 Utah residents were without power recently due to high winds. That doesn’t include the other damages that were made to everyone’s property. Trees get ripped from the ground, porches are destroyed, and fences get damaged as a result of the wind storm, with more storms to come. There are things you can do to keep your fence from being torn apart.
Repair & Reinforce
Making sure your fence has stability is the most important precaution that you can take. A fence with loose spots or sections doesn’t stand a chance against these strong winds. They can even get blown up against your house or your neighbor’s, and that’s not a conversation you’d want to have. If you know a major wind storm is coming, take your time checking your fence and making reinforcements to fix those loose ends so your fence doesn’t add more damage. Make sure those fence posts are strong and secured.
Trim Your Trees
A major reason fences are demolished by wind storms is that large tree branches break off and collapse onto them. Before you know a storm is coming, remove overhanging or weak limbs from your trees or yard. If the tree limbs are in your neighbor’s yard, you can ask them if you can remove that loose branch so your fence doesn’t get damaged. Make sure to also look for dead or dying trees, as they are very well prone to fall.
Remove Large Yard Objects
Surprisingly, wind storms are very strong and can lift almost anything. It’s always best to make sure patio furniture, trash containers, trampolines, and even a child’s playground are secured. These objects and others can easily get lifted up off the ground. They can damage not only your property, but they could additionally destroy your neighbor’s property.
Safeguard Your Gates
Not only can your fence or trampoline get destroyed during a strong wind storm, but so can your gate. High winds can cause a gate to swing and slam against your fence or tear off the fence entirely. Sometimes when that happens, a gate that is not properly secured can take the fence with it. Make sure your gate is secured with a padlock or chain. You can also take the hinges off your gate and secure it in your garage or somewhere that it will be safe until the storm passes.
Clean Your Fence
Yes, even cleaning your fence from weeds and brushes can help prevent more damage. By doing so, you are keeping your fence posts and panels drier. Preventing your fence from becoming moist underneath can help it from rotting. Rotting fences can lead to them causing more harm.
Preserve Your Fence
Take the time in the summer to coat your fence with paint. If you haven’t done so, the sooner you do the better. Preserving your fence with layers of paint or coatings can protect it from moisture and rot. Remember, rotting can weaken your fence and when a storm rolls in, your fence can cause more harm.
Call The Experts
Overall, making sure your fence is properly secured and damage-free is the best way to prepare for those harsh wind or snow storms. If you have any questions or need assistance in preparing your fence, you can always contact Bronco Fence in Kaysville and we will come to you! No matter where In Northern Utah you live, we will assist you to make sure your fence is properly installed and secured.