It seems that the weather conditions get crazier each year that passes. Not only do we see weather that isn’t typical for certain times of the year, but we are also seeing them reach extremes.
Winter comes with strong winds that can do a lot of damage to our homes. The last thing we want to see is our fence lying on the ground after high winds have hit. What will help your fence withstand the wind of winter?
Properly Installed Fence Checklist
To know if your fence will withstand the windy winter, you have to check that the following parts are correctly installed:
- The posts
- The fence panels
- The materials used in the installation
The key to the success of a sturdy fence is its footings. The taller you want your fence, the deeper the posts have to be installed into the ground.
The general rule is that the post should go down into the ground one-third the post’s length. For example, the posts of a six-foot fence should go in two feet. Keep in mind that in places with high winds, the minimum requirement is three feet.
Things to keep in mind:
- Height. The higher the fence, the more wind load will be placed in it.
- Thickness. The thicker the posts, the sturdier your fence will be. The recommended minimum is a 4×4 post.
- Frost level. Know where the frost line is in your area since your fence posts should be installed in the ground below this level.
The Fence Panels
The design of your fence can determine the amount of pressure the wind will place on it. Fences with gaps in between the panels will allow wind to pass easily.
What’s the purpose of your fence? Do you want it for privacy or to mark the perimeter? Here are the best fence materials to withstand wind for either purpose.
Fences that will withstand the wind and still provide privacy include:
- Shadowbox fence panels
- Venetian fence panels
- Louvre fence panels
Fences that will withstand the windy winter and mark your perimeter include:
- Chain link fence
- Picket fence
Every type of fence has its pros and cons, but they offer different styles to match each homeowner.
The Materials Used in the Installation
When using any wood for your fence, make sure it’s pressure-treated. Wood is susceptible to rotting when exposed to moisture and can also attract termites.
Another good tip to avoid rotting is using concrete to hold the posts in place. The more concrete, the more it will withstand the wind, and less moisture will affect it.
The type of nails used in building the fence should be ring-shank stainless steel nails. Stainless steel will not corrode, and the rings on this type of nail will let it grip the wood firmly.