The snowstorms are here, and we have already seen a number of homeowners dealing with broken fences from the heavy storms. Often broken fences from snow storms occur because of improper installation or they are too old to stand the heavy weight. Having your fence properly installed can make a big difference in how well the fence will hold the heavy snow and tree branches that could potentially fall on them.
Cold Weather and Fencing
Water expands when it freezes, so it will cause the water in the soil to thrust upward onto the fence post. If you don’t have the proper post and cement setting in place, the fence post can push out. The best way to ensure the fence is secure is to have the concrete footers below the frost line. The expanding frost helps to lock the footers in place, making the overall fence more stable.
If you have a wood fence, there is a lot of preparation needed before winter starts and during as well. The best type of fence for these extreme weather conditions is concrete. Concrete fencing is more affordable than ever and comes in several unique designs to choose from. It is the best material to withstand the harsh Utah weather and will continue to look aesthetically pleasing without all the maintenance and upkeep requirements. There are other fencing materials that work well with cold weather, let’s take a look:
Wood fencing with metal posts. If you love your wood fence and don’t want to give that up, there is an option to have your beautiful wood fence with metal posts. It is a little cheaper, but it helps to withstand the cold climates. Having metal posts will help give your fence strength and durability. You won’t have to worry about the water in the soil pushing your posts out of the ground.
Ornamental aluminum fencing is powder coated to increase the longevity and durability of your fence while improving its aesthetic appeal. It is a popular option for many Utah homeowners. Aluminum has a wrought iron look, and it is wind and weather resistant. Ornamental aluminum fencing will also withstand those heavy tree branches that could possibly fall and break other types of fences.
Trex Fencing is used with recycled products which makes it even more durable than vinyl and can withstand 110 and 130 mph winds. Trex fences will not rot, warp, or bend which is particularly susceptible for the cold. Trex makes for great privacy fences, blocking out views in areas you’d like to keep private and helping to decrease sound for residential properties.
Consider the following
Keeping your fence strong and durable during the winter months will help in the long run. Whether you want to keep your wood fence or install a less maintenance one, it is always important to make sure they can take the harsh Utah weather. If you do have any damages to your fences or you’re in need of repair in the winter, you can always contact Bronco Fence. We are ready to come out and help repair your broken fence, or discuss replacement of your old fence.