When choosing fencing materials, homeowners oftentimes choose due to either aesthetics (to make the fence match the style and feel of their home), or for security and privacy purposes. However, it’s just as important to consider the type of climate and the different weather brought about by the seasons in whichever place your property is. Just as how we carefully choose what to wear during the cold, we should also be meticulous in choosing the right material for the fence.
The Problem with the Cold
The main issue with cold climates and weather is that water can seep through fencing material’s cracks and nooks and would result in damage when the water expands as it freezes. Which is why you’ll need water and weather resistant fencing materials, as well as to consider strong winds that come with blizzards. Not only that, but you’d also want to have your fence posts or foundation go deep below the frost line to ensure that your fence would last longer — but you’d also need to check with the local government and utility company to ensure that you won’t be hitting any pipes or underground lines.
Steel fences are ideal for cold weather as there aren’t any parts that would absorb water, and even when water collect and freeze along its joints and fittings, it’s rare to have any expansion issues due. As such, they’re generally climate-resistant and, unlike wooden and vinyl panels, they can allow strong winds to pass through, so you wouldn’t have to worry about them getting blown down. Steel fences are also quite durable and can last relatively long. However, due to its weight, it may be more difficult to handle and install.
In terms of properties and advantages, steel and aluminum share many characteristics; aluminum fence panels are also weather and climate resistant, durable, and won’t suffer from strong winds. The main difference is with their strength and weight, aluminum isn’t as strong as steel, but is still quite strong when compared to hardwood and other materials. On the plus side, aluminum is light-weight and can easily be installed, unlike steel.
Wood (with some modifications)
Generally, if you live in places that have seasons with cold and damp weather, or somewhere that has a frigid climate all year round, you wouldn’t want to choose wood as your fencing material as wood is vulnerable to warping, bending, rot, and other water-related damage. However, if you’re dead-set on choosing wood for your property’s fence, it should be supported with metal posts and coating with waterproof stains or sealant in order to contain damage and let your wooden fence last longer. You’d also want to regularly check for any signs of warping and damage to have the panels replaced.
Vinyl is also a good option for cold weather as it’s cold and water resistant. However, it’s not as sturdy as the other materials mentioned and can end up warping or cracking due to the weight of snow or ice, so it’s important to regularly shovel off and remove snow on and around your vinyl fence.
It’s important to be aware of fencing issues brought about by cold weather or frigid climates in order for you, the homeowner, to properly pick the right materials for your fence that wouldn’t only be resistant, but would serve its purpose of providing security to your home.