Is Your Fence Under the Weather?
If you’re like other property owners, you likely take your fence for granted. That is, until you notice a section 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 love 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 serious negative impact on a fence.
For illustration, a fence exposed to the elements can suffer all of the above but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are especially vulnerable to heat because they expand.
It isn’t just wood fencing that bear the burden of the sun and heat. Any fence made of a non-weatherproof material can suffer when left unprotected and under the weather.
Requirements for a Weatherproof Fence
If you’re setting up a fence inside a hot, sunny climate and anticipate 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. Eventually, you don’t want a made of a material that expands when it gets hot.
As you’ll see later in this post, wood may not really be the ideal option for a fence because it doesn’t pass any of these three tests.
Your Fence and the Heat of the Sun
A fence constructed from a product like wood that expands in hot temperatures, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Heat can also cause warping, which may divide the boards from the fasteners.
We currently know how much you enjoy basking in the sunlight a beautiful summertime day. Your fence, and yet, can degrade or lose its color when exposed towards 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.