Is Your Fence Under the Weather?
If you are like other property owners, you likely take your fence for granted. This means 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 enjoy the sunlight because you can get away back to the cool conditioned air of your home or office. A fence isn’t so lucky. Hot temperatures can have a significant negative impact on a fence.
For illustration, a fence exposed to the components can suffer all of the overhead but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are especially vulnerable to heat because they expand.
It isn’t only wood fences that bear the load of the sun and heat. Any kind of fence made of a non-weatherproof material can suffer when left exposed and under the weather.
Needs for a Weatherproof Fence
If you’re installing a fence inside a hot, 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. Also, look for a material that doesn’t take in water when it rains. Finally, you don’t want a made of a material which expands when it gets hot.
As you’ll see later in this post, wood may not really be the ideal choice for a fence because it doesn’t pass any of these three tests.
Your Fence and the Heat of the Sun
A fence created from a material like wood that grows in hot temperatures, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Heat can also cause warping, which may divide the boards from the fasteners.
We already know how a lot you enjoy basking in the sunlight a beautiful summertime day. Your fence, however, can degrade or perhaps lose its color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When buying for a new fence, appearance for materials made to withstand the heat of the sun. A popular fence material for warm environments is vinyl. Stick with us and we’ll talk about why.