In Georgia, you know we get all types of weather, from sweltering summers to short-lived but freezing winters. Some fences do withstand weather conditions better than others.
Generally, PVC and vinyl fencing is regarded as the best all-weather fence type, and well constructed, they will last a lifetime. However, aluminum and steel fences can also last a lifetime, and if properly treated and well maintained, wood designs will last a very, very long time.
How Fences Withstand Weather Conditions
When assessing which are the best all-weather fences we look not only at the materials used to make them, but also the most reliable treatments and finishes for each type of fence. The design of the structure is also important, particularly in terms of wind.
- Vinyl and PVC Fences Affordable, durable, and easy to maintain, PVC and vinyl fences really only need to be hosed down or given the occasional scrub with soapy water to keep them clean. While the surface color might fade and lose some sheen, ultraviolet degradation is minimal. The material will only break if subjected to direct impact. So, provided the fence is properly installed it will withstand even the harshest weather conditions.
- Metal Fences Strong, sturdy and secure, both aluminum and steel fences are made to last. Aluminum won’t rust and can be powder-coated to make it even more durable. Like vinyl fences, aluminum fences will withstand harsh weather conditions provided they are properly installed. Steel does rust but if galvanized and powder coated will also last a very long time in severe weather conditions. Probably the biggest threats to steel fences are constant exposure to sand, salt, spray from the sea, and wind.
- Wood Fences Available in a wide variety of styles and made from a selection of different wood types, wood fences are strong and can be as solid as you want them to be. Well constructed, a wood fence will last for many years, but it must be regularly maintained. For instance, wood fences that have been stained and/or sealed will need to be resealed from time to time as rain, sun, and wind can affect the finish. The same applies to wood fences that have been painted. In very hot conditions paint can blister and peel and wind can also have a detrimental effect. Nevertheless, wood has a universal appeal that makes it one of the most popular materials for fences. Of course, the type of wood chosen will also have an effect on longevity.
- Chain Link Fences Surprisingly long-lasting, chain link fences are economically priced and will fulfill most security and safety needs. While ordinary steel chain link will rust over time, it won’t rust if it is galvanized or vinyl coated. To withstand strong wind forces, chain link fences must be properly constructed with solid poles embedded in the ground and a vertical top rail.
Natural Enclosures offers the full range of fence types including wood fences that are made from pine and moisture-resistant cedar, vinyl and galvanized chain link, vinyl, PVC, and both aluminum and high-quality steel. Call us today to discuss your needs.