Fences belong outside and they have to survive whatever the elements provide: rain, wind, snow, hail, and sun, all of which can damage the structure to a greater or lesser degree. You may be wondering, how do you prevent moisture damage to your fence?
It’s important to consider which is the best type of fencing to install in your area as well as the maintenance that will be required to keep it in peak condition all year round. But of course, you also want the best fencing for the function you want it to fulfill, for example security, privacy, or to provide a windbreak. So first decide on function, and then see which type of fence will be the most suitable for your needs.
Moisture damage can be a major potential problem in some parts, and the problem is not necessarily relegated to a particular season.
So, if you experience wet summers or cold rainy or snowy winters, or quite simply if you live in a high rainfall area in any season, the possibility of moisture damage will be a reality you want to try to avoid.
What Kind of Damage Can Moisture Do?
Moisture can rust metal, rot wood, and it can be the cause of mold on numerous materials. If left unattended it can damage just about any material and destroy some of them.
So what can you do to prevent moisture damage to your fence?
- Wood can rot, so if you decide on a wooden fence be sure that the lumber is factory treated (this will also prevent insect infestation) and stained and/or sealed. Once installed, it is important to keep the fence sealed on a regular basis.
- Even painted wood can rot, so this too needs to be maintained. If there is any evidence of peeling or flaking, the painted surface should be repaired or replaced.
- If metal isn’t coated to protect it, it will eventually rust, particularly when moisture is present. Professional coating won’t usually need to be redone, but if you opt for a DIY job you may have to repaint the fence with a rust inhibitor and topcoat at some stage.
- Chain link (or diamond mesh) fencing can also rust over time. Some types are fully or lightly galvanized while others are PVC coated, which does extend their life.
- Vinyl fencing won’t rot or rust, but it can attract mold so must be kept clean.
- Aluminum is virtually impervious to moisture, but will the fence type and price tag suit your pocket?
If you are installing a new fence in Georgia and need advice and a reliable installer, call Natural Enclosures today. We’ll help you keep the moisture out.