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  • Writer's pictureTiffany Larson

Winterizing Your Fence.

Implementing these simple steps will protect your fence and the longevity of your investment.

 

If you are like me, you hope winter never comes, but unfortunately, it is just around the corner. This means now is the time to start preparing our yards and homes. Here is our guide to help you winterize your fence.



Cat and Bird on Wood Fence
Sometimes Winterizing is a Team Effort

If you have a fence or are getting ready for a new one, you may want to protect that investment this winter.

And now is the time of year to start prepping for the snow.

Don't fall behind because you are feeling overwhelmed.

Failing to winterize your fence can cause damage and decrease the longevity of your fence.

Finding multiple repairs that could have been prevented can be stressful and expensive.

Apex Fence has helped multiple customers prepare for winter and has the experience and knowledge to help you prepare your fence.

To get you started, here is our easy-to-follow guide to help you with your winter fence preparation.


 

Steps to Prepare Your Fence for Winter.

 

1. Take A Walk.


The first step is to walk your fence line. Walking along the fence line allows you to inspect the fence for damage, gaps, missing or loose panels/posts, and any other areas needing repair. Completing these repairs before winter is crucial and will help prevent further damage.


If you need help repairing your fence, contact a professional to ensure the repairs are done correctly.


If your new fence needs repair, it could be under warranty. Check with your fence contractor, or if you worked with Apex Fence, see our customer support page.



2. Trim Nearby Branches and Debris.


Branches near your fence can become a threat if they become weighed down with ice and moisture, so it is essential to cut them back before winter, paying extra attention to heavy and weakened branches.


After trimming your trees and bushes, you want to clean the debris and leaves away from your fence line. Failing to remove leaves and debris from your fence could cause staining.


3. Wash it.

Washing your fence is a simple but essential part of regular fence maintenance. We recommend washing your fence with a mild detergent and a soft sponge. Never use harsh chemicals on your fence. If you are concerned with a stain, call your fence contractor for advice on removing it.

Soft Sponge.
Use a Soft Sponge or Rag to Clean Your Fence.

You can use pressure to wash your fence, but first, check the recommended PSI rating.


Ensure you follow the manufacturer's guidelines for caring for and washing your fence. Care instructions will vary with each fence product. If you have worked with Apex Fence, you can find the care instructions for your fence on our customer support page.





4. Can I Seal My Fence?

Sealing the wood on your fence is essential in the fence installation process, especially if you want it to last. Sealing prevents the wood from being exposed to the elements and prevents swelling and discoloration.


Apply sealant to a clean, dry surface to ensure the best penetration and effectiveness.


White Vinyl Gate
Winterizing Gates can Sometimes be Overlooked.

5. Check Those Gates.

Check all hinges and latches to be sure they are fully secure. Keep any hinges adequately lubricated.


Estate Gates

Mark the full swing radius of your gates to indicate the extent of snow removal required to allow your gates to operate fully.

Estate Gate
Estate Gates can Become Damaged by not Properly Removing Snow in Movement Area.

Remove any leaves or debris from the wheels or near the operators.


Use reflectors to mark fences and gates. Light-colored gates can be tricky to see once snow is on the ground. Reflectors will help drivers see your gate and surrounding fence line.


Make a plan with your snow removal service on how to handle snow removal around your gate to prevent damage.


 

Use reflectors to mark fences and gates. Light-colored fences can be tricky to see once the snow is on the ground.

 

Chain Link Fence
Remove Heavy Snow off of Your Fence During Winter

By following this simple guide, you are taking steps to protect your fence and investment while preventing additional damage and expensive repair costs.


Failing to maintain your fence can cause loss of fence longevity, reduced curb appeal,

reduced privacy, decreased protection from nosey neighbors and intruders, etc.


 

With our simple guide to winterizing your fence, you are ready to protect your investment for many winters. Call us at (507)993-2744 if you have any questions or need additional help.



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