Summertime in Virginia is often humid, hot, and sunny. Still, the occasional summer storm rolls through, and severe wind and rain can wreak havoc on one’s landscape. Your fence can tie your property together and act as a barrier for added privacy and security, but all of that can change in an instant when bad weather strikes. Fortunately, home and business owners in Virginia can be proactive about fence maintenance and give their fences a fighting chance. Here are some ways to protect your fence during the next summer storm that comes your way.
Assess Nearby Trees and Hazards
Before a storm hits, make sure that any dangling branches or unhealthy trees are trimmed, pruned, or otherwise cared for. Tidy landscaping and prompt attention to things like sick trees, loose gutters, and other hazards can limit the potential projectiles that can cause damage during the next storm. Look at root systems, too. The roots from large trees can grow into your fence over time, compromising its structural integrity.
Follow a Fence Maintenance Routine
Your fence has the best odds of weathering the storm if you maintain it year-round. Follow a basic fence maintenance routine to ensure that your barrier is as strong and sturdy as possible. Your preventative maintenance routine may include things like visual inspections, refinishing, nearby landscaping, and light repair. If you notice any issues with your fence, contact a team of fence maintenance professionals and return your barrier to peak condition!
Assess Damage After the Fact
After the skies clear, it’s a good idea to take a walk along the length of your fence. Avoid any areas with downed power lines, precarious tree trunks or branches, or any other apparent hazards. If you can inspect your perimeter safely, look for signs of fence damage. You may see missing slats, broken posts, or cracked boards. You may also notice more minor issues like scratches, scrapes, or scuffs.
Consult a Fence Maintenance Professional for Repair or Replacement
Whether a fallen tree has taken out a large stretch of your fence or you simply see some chips and scratches, contact a fence maintenance professional for repair after the storm. Repairing or replacing any broken sections can help keep your property safe, secure, and beautiful, and a sturdy barrier will be better equipped to handle the next storm that comes around.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.