Preparing Your Fence for a Stormy Spring

3 Ways to Protect Your Outdoor Investments

With the arrival of Maryland spring comes the promise of warmer weather, blooming flowers, and, unfortunately, unpredictable storms. As homeowners, it’s crucial to prepare our properties for whatever spring sends our way — wind, rain, and sometimes even hail. One area often overlooked in storm preparation is our home’s fencing, which is susceptible to damage if not properly maintained or reinforced. Here are some essential tips to protect your outdoor investment to ensure it weathers any storm!

Year-Round Maintenance:
Regular, seasonal maintenance is crucial to keep your fence in tip-top shape. The changing weather conditions, especially from cold to warmer temperatures, can be harsh on your fence. Start by thoroughly checking your fence for loose or broken boards. These can compromise the overall structure and its ability to withstand strong winds or heavy rain. If you notice any damaged boards, it’s crucial to repair or replace them immediately. This not only ensures the safety and stability of your fence, but also helps prevent further damage. Besides inspecting the boards, check for any loose screws or nails. Over time, these fasteners can become loose due to weather exposure or general wear and tear.

Consider sweeping or power washing the fence once or twice a year to remove dirt and grime that has built up over time. This not only improves the appearance of your fence but also helps extend its lifespan. A clean fence is also less likely to suffer from deterioration caused by environmental factors.

Yard Clean-Up:
Remove any debris and leaves that may have accumulated around the fence throughout the fall and winter season. Not only can these items cause damage during high winds, but they can also lead to moisture retention and potential rot — especially with wood fencing.  Additionally, it’s wise to trim shrubs or plants that are touching or encroaching on the fence. Overgrown vegetation can create a pathway for pests to access your property and can also cause damage to the fence structure.

Tree Maintenance:
Trim any overhanging branches that could potentially fall onto your fence during a storm. During strong winds, these branches can easily break and cause damage to the fence. You may even want to hire a professional to help you remove any dead or weak trees near the fence as well. Dead trees are more prone to falling during storms, and their impact can be devastating to a fence of any material. Weak trees, those with compromised roots or structural integrity, are also a concern as they may not withstand strong winds. Removing them before the storm season begins can help prevent potential damage to your fence.

Need Professional Assistance?
If you think it’s time for a fencing upgrade, choose the most trusted fence installation company in Maryland! At Fence and Deck Connection, we offer a wide range of high-quality fence options designed to withstand high winds and potential storm damage. By choosing a wind-resistant fence and properly maintaining it, you can have peace of mind knowing that your property is protected even during severe weather conditions!

For over 30 years, Fence & Deck Connection has designed and installed high-quality fences, decks, and screened porches for families in Anne Arundel County year-round. Contact Fence & Deck Connection at 410-757-5511 to learn more about our many fence and deck options customizable to your needs!

*A version of this article is featured in the Severna Park Times ” Spring Home & Garden” Edition