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How to Protect your Fence from Soil Damage this Winter

Posted on December 13,2017 by Dave Smith.

The winter can take its toll on wooden fencing. Aside from the battering that winter storms can give your garden fencing, the soil underneath and surrounding your fence can also cause damage. However, there are ways to prevent soil damage through good maintenance and proper installation.

How does Soil Damage your Fencing?

The moisture in the soil is an ever-present threat to your fencing. The fact that it is in contact with the soil, which absorbs moisture, constantly means that your fencing will also absorb moisture. When this happens, it can cause rot, which will weaken the structure of the fence.

How should you Protect your Fencing from the Soil?

Separation is key when it comes to protecting your fencing from soil damage. This is something that you need to be constantly aware of, even if you’ve taken measures to protect your fencing from the soil. For example, if you raise your flowerbeds in the future, the soil may go above the line of protection in place.

So how exactly can you separate your fence from the soil and protect it from moisture and rot? There are several ways of doing so:

Gravel Boards:

Gravel boards are made from either protected timber or concrete, and they sit at the bottom of your fence panel so that the wooden portion of the fence above it doesn’t come directly into contact with the soil.

Remember that if your gravel boards are made from wood too, the timber will need to be treated against moisture damage, otherwise they too will be susceptible to rot caused by the soil.

Pressure Treatment:

Using pressure treated wood for your fencing is one of the most effective ways that you can protect against soil damage. This means that the fence panels are treated with a preservative to stop the moisture from causing rot. Similarly, pressure treatment can also protect against insect decay.

Concrete Fence Posts:

Just as concrete gravel boards protect against rot, using concrete fence posts will stop you from having rot problems in your posts in future. Similarly, if possible, set them in concrete for extra protection and strength.

How can Professional Fence Installation Help Protect Against Soil Damage?

Having your fencing professional installed is an excellent way to protect your fencing against soil damage. There’s no point trying to stave off rot by using amateur methods like installing a plastic membrane; getting it right with the proper materials and correct installation from the start will always give your fencing a longer life.

For professional fence installation in Orsett, Hornchurch, Upminster or Brentwood, D&G Fencing can help. Get in touch today and let us beat soil damage for you this winter.