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How to Make Sure Your Garden Fence Survives the Snow

So, it’s that time of year again – our somewhat annual winter snowfall! Whether you love it or hate it we all need to prepare in some way, otherwise, your fence might not see another spring. If you skipped on the annual chores of treating and mending your wooden fence last summer then this may come back to bite you, but have no fear! We’re here to help with expert advice on how to ensure your garden fence will survive the snow, rain and ice, and what issues to look out for.


Three things to consider when determining if your garden fence will survive the snow:

· The condition of your garden fence.
· What type of material your garden fence is made from.
· The dangers surrounding your fencing.



The Condition of Your Garden Fence

First of all, to ensure your garden fence survives and thrives through winter, ideally, you should check your garden fence regularly and give it some TLC whenever possible. This means tidying up any weak points, such as replacing any rotten or damaged posts and by reinforcing any loose (and missing) panels.

If you discover your fence is rotten, unfortunately, there is no quick fix, and by the time you realise there is a problem, it may be too late to salvage it. Therefore it’s a good idea to regularly check on your fence leading up to the winter month, and in between any spells of rain, sleet or hail.

The moisture from the rain, snow and ice can quicken the effects of rot, resulting in your fence failing to protect your garden or you needing to spend a sizeable amount of money for a replacement fence. Moisture does not only contribute to rot, but it can also cause wooden fences to expand in size as it is absorbed. This will then affect the stability of the fence and leave it more prone to wind damage if it becomes loose.


What Type of material is your garden fence made from

The type of material can have varying effects as to whether your fence can survive the tough weather conditions. To help sum up the differences we’ve made a quick list below, with their most common negatives.

To create this list we’ve compiled information from one of our previous blogs which discusses the pros and cons of different fence types.


Timber wood Garden Fences
  • They age easily and quickly.
  • They require maintenance on a yearly basis.
  • They can be damaged beyond repair by the rain, strong gusts, summer heat and the winter cold.
  • They have the shortest average lifespan.
  • They are easily susceptible to rotting, warping or by insects.


PVC & Vinyl Garden Fences
  • They can change in temperature quickly which can make the PVC brittle and liable to damage.
  • They fall prone to mould, algae and mildew easily, becoming impossible to eradicate once established.
  • There is no industry approved method to paint a vinyl fence.
  • Disposal costs can be high if you decide to remove it.


Steel-Made Garden Fences
  • Initial costs can appear significant compared to other options

ColourFence is manufactured from galvanised steel, with “self-healing” properties and is able to withstand winds of up to 130mph, so weather such as snowfall has little to no effect.

Your fence material determines the level of attention you will need to pay to your garden fence throughout the year.

So what does this mean?

This means that traditional fencing and panel fencing, are generally made from timber meaning that it’s more susceptible to the elements and will gradually show and feel the effects of weathering. If your garden fence is made from timber the steps you will need to take will involve applying waterproof paint to combat moisture, as well as replacing any already existing rot or build-up of lichen (see picture). This method is not guaranteed but it should help slow down the process.

ColourFence, on the other hand, is manufactured from galvanised steel, with “self-healing” properties and is able to withstand winds of up to 130mph, therefore weather such as snowfall has little to no effect.

So if you’ve got a ColourFence in your garden then you’ll notice that the preparation needed during the winter months is considerably less. In fact, all we suggest you do is hose your fence down twice a year so if you’ve already done that this year, you’re good to do! Each ColourFence, garden fence promises a long-lasting garden fencing solution that stands the test of time, whilst enhancing your gardens look and feel. Ultimately leaving you with fewer things to worry about when the bad weather comes, rather focus on stocking the house up instead.


The Dangers Surrounding Your Fence

This one will require you to take the initiative and to keep on the lookout for any potential hazards. Common garden fencing hazards can result from tough weather conditions and unfortunately come in several different shapes and sizes.

First, there are dangers from above. Is your garden fence situated near a large tree? Then one risk could be from a tree branch falling or even from the tree itself. To avoid this risk, you can remove any overlooking branches which look like they’d cause damage to your garden fence or worse, your property.

Next, there are dangers from below. Something as simple as leaves and debris can all produce a build-up of moisture which in turn will have long-lasting effects. Simply removing these things will help your garden fence stand strong and resist such conditions as snowfall and windy conditions.

No matter the kind of garden fencing you own, ColourFence, timber fencing or PVC, these dangers are still very real and can have colossal effects if left unmanaged or maintained.

So in conclusion, if you apply these quick fixes in these three key areas you can spend your time sat indoors in the warmth of your own home free from worry when the snow eventually hits.

Although admittedly ColourFence requires considerably less preparation – don’t take it just from us, view our testimonial page to see what our customers have said.

If you don’t have a ColourFence but would like to learn more visit our garden fencing product page. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to your local ColourFence expert, simply enter your postcode into our supplier finder and you will be directed to their site. Every ColourFence franchisee will be more than happy to discuss your fencing needs and provide you with a free, no-obligation, site survey and quotation.


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