Autumn, the season of change. The leaves start to change, you can wear a sweater comfortably as well as enjoy the last weeks of serenity before the rampant cold weather hits. Unfortunately, autumn, as well as winter, also changes your wooden fence if you are not prepared. If a fence isn’t properly prepared, the elements can wreak their havoc and give you a lot of trouble. Therefore we have provided a small list to keep your wood fence in prime condition!
Keep your fence clean
It is sometimes easy to forget that getting rid of leaves, dirt and other yard debris can prevent a lot of damage. Mold and mildew feast on these nutrients and cause damage to the fence by growing inside wood fence panels and cause major problems in the future, so keeping your fence clean is most important.
Remove Overhanging Branches
Loose and low-hanging tree limbs can be bad news during strong winds or snowstorms. Since Ottawa is known for some pesky snowstorms, frozen tree limbs can be a big issue. Frozen tree limbs are much more likely to break and fall than normal tree limbs. Even if a branch looks fine during the summer, you may want to make sure it is secure, or remove it, before winter.
Small repairs > big repairs
After major storms, check your fence for damage or other problems so you can fix them before they become worse. Repairing things as needed rather than doing all repairs at once is much easier and cheaper for homeowners. Fall is great, but winter can be a drag. As long as you make sure your fence is well-maintained, the strong, cold weather won’t cause you quite as much grief.
Use Fence Stain
Applying a water-repellent stain to your wooden fence helps maintain its looks throughout fall and winter. Areas with high-moisture are hard for wood fences to bear, so it is critical to use a good stain before wet weather hits.