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Now is the Time to Check your Fences

Posted on March 14,2020 by Charlie Stimpson.

Spring has sprung! Warmer and, hopefully, drier weather is on the horizon, and it’s that time of year when our gardens start coming back to life. But has your fence survived the wrath of the colder months? With a winter which seemed like one endless storm behind us, garden fencing has quite often been the main victim of the winter weather.

Now that the weather is on the mend, it’s time to get out there and check your fencing. Here are our top tips for what to check for and what to do if you spot any signs of damage.

What to Check for

Some signs of winter wear and tear will be obvious: fallen fence panels and wonky fence posts, for example. But there will be other aspects of the damage which will be less easy to spot: rot, or small cracks in the fence panels are harder to determine.

It’s important therefore to check your garden fencing for the likes of soft wood, which would indicate rot, or spots of mould or mildew, which can indicate water damage. Similarly, if you spot any cracks in your fencing, it’s a good idea to get it checked by expert garden fencing contractors before any further water can invade the crack and potentially cause more damage either through rot or freezing.

What to do if you Spot Damage

If you do spot any damage to your garden fencing, it’s best to get it sorted as soon as possible rather than leaving it and risking the damage getting worse. The best thing you can do for your fence is to call in expert garden fencing contractors to assess the damage and manage it accordingly. Sometimes it may be that you simply need the odd replacement fence panel, or it may be something that requires more complex, expert attention, such as fixing a wonky fence post.

What Can you Do to Help your Fence?

There are some things that you can do to help your fence now that the warmer weather is starting to make its return. For starters, you can clear away any debris that has accumulated over the winter months, both around the base of your fence and fence panels, and on the fence panel itself.

You can also clear any moss or mould from the fence panels whilst assessing the damage. If you’re having a new fence installed to replace damage, consider using gravel boards at the base (as these will help to stop moisture from seeping upwards from the ground) and ensure that you paint or stain your fence to give it the best possible protection from the elements.

Ensure your Garden Fencing is Secure come Rain or Shine!

It’s not too late to fix any winter damage in time for spring and summer. If you’re not sure how best to fix any damage to your fence, in touch with D&G Fencing. We have plenty of experience of straightening out any winter fencing damage across gardens in Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood and can help your fence spring back into shape in no time!