Is Your Fence Under the Weather?
If you’re like other homeowners, you likely take your fence for granted. That is, until you notice a area or two buckling, warping, or leaning to one side. Those are all symptoms of a wood fence dealing with the brutal effects of a hot climate.
You love the sunlight because you can escape back to the cool conditioned air of your home or office. A fence isn’t so lucky. Hot temperatures can have a serious negative impact on a fence.
For illustration, a fence subjected to the elements can suffer all of the above but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are especially vulnerable to heat because they expand.
It isn’t just wood fencing that bear the burden of the sun and heat. Any fence made of a non-weatherproof material can sustain when left unprotected and under the weather.
Requirements for a Weatherproof Fence
If you’re setting up a fence inside a hot, bright and sunny climate and expect it to thrive, look for these three factors when shopping for fence material:
- Doesn’t Expand
You don’t need a fence that gets so hot you or your kids can’t touch it without getting burned. Additionally, look for a material that doesn’t take in water when it rains. Eventually, you don’t want a made of a material which expands when it gets hot.
As you’ll see later in this posting, wood may not really be the ideal option for a fence because it doesn’t pass any of these three tests.
Your Fence as well as the Heat of the Sun
A fence constructed from a product like wood that expands in hot temperatures, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Temperature can additionally cause warping, which may separate the boards from the fasteners.
We already know how a lot you enjoy basking in the sunlight a beautiful summertime day. Your fence, and yet, can degrade or perhaps lose its color when exposed towards ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When shopping for a new fence, look for materials made to resist the heat of the sun. A popular fence material for warm climates is vinyl. Stick with us and we’ll talk about why.