Hurricane Proof Your Fence

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Take preventative measures with your fence before a windy storm.

Tropical Storm Hermine is now roughly 8 hours from landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast. It could potentially be the state’s first hurricane landfall since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  The storm is expected to head north and while we may not experience full hurricane effects here in Maryland, there may be some inclement weather coming our way.

We may not need to board up the windows, but a few of those cookouts may need to move indoors. While you’re bringing in the patio furniture and covering up the pool, consider taking the time to ensure that your fence is prepared to handle all sorts of weather.

The only thing holding your fence upright is the pressure of the post against the soil. A chain link fence can sometimes fare better than wooden fences because the wind is able to pass through. That being said there are plenty of reasons even a chain link fence may not be an all-weather fence and not hold up during a particularly windy storm.

Trim Trees Near the Fence

When it comes to keeping your fence safe, consider the elements surrounding your fence first. There may be large trees with limbs that hang over the top of your fence line. Before storm season starts, it’s in your best interest to trim these limbs and any other objects that have the potential to fall on top of your fence. Also be sure to remove dead or dying trees as they can uproot during a storm and cause damage to your fence.

Check for Loose Posts

Whether your fence has been a part of your yard for a long time or its brand new, you should take an hour from your day and walk around it to check for loose posts. Loose or unstable posts have the potential to break off and fly freely during a storm with high winds. This could potentially cause fence damage to the rest of your home as well.

Lock Your Gate

If you know a windstorm is coming, be sure to get outside and lock the door to your gate. An unlocked gate can cause the door to slam into the fence during high winds, damaging the integrity of the fence itself.

Remove Objects From Your Yard

Bring everything inside or in the shed. Just as the gate of your fence can cause damage, an object as innocent as soccer balls can turn into potential damage to your fence or home.

Call Frederick Fence for More Fence Care Tips

Frederick Fence has the expertise and years of experience to build your family the perfect all weather fence for your home. We specialize is building fences that combine privacy with beauty and we are familiar with many types of fencing materials, so bring your wildest dreams to your consultation with us and we will make them a reality! Interested in a quote for hurricane fence repairs or learning more about our services? Visit us online or give us a call