Over the last few years, millions of gardens have had to weather multiple storms – often losing fence posts in the process. Older fences never fare too well, and bins go flying down the street – not to mention the many reports of trampolines taking off too.
Securing things ahead of a storm isn’t something that has to happen often, but once you see that your fence won’t weather the next storm, it is time to take action.
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So how can you strengthen your fences against the next storm?
Even sturdy fences will need some reinforcement. The first thing (for new fences) is that it was installed correctly – and that will help it to last longer. For older fences and those that have been damaged, you’ll need to reinforce the fence and fence post.
The base of the fence post needs to be deep into the ground, with a metal spur and with no gaps around it. Adding Fosroc conbextra gp into any gaps will help to make it solid; just be sure to add a slight slope if there isn’t one so water runs away from the post.
Gravel around the base can help with drainage and reduce the chance of rotting.
It’s not just the strong winds that will cause damage to your fences; rain, snow and strong sunshine will have a big impact too. While most people think that since wood is from trees which are outside all of the time, it shouldn’t need much doing to it – that is far from the truth. The wood will need care and attention to remain supple and strong.
Wood oils and varnishes are the perfect way to protect the wood for years. If you choose to use wood oil, you’ll need to retreat it regularly.
Keep in mind that posts are the strength of the fence and will also need to have this treatment.
Repairs and Maintenance
After bad weather, it is vital that you head out and take a look at any damage. Sometimes the fence will look strong and stable – but items have hit it and weakened it. Taking time to inspect the fence and pay attention to any changes will mean you can take action.
Maintenance and repairs are something that you can’t do without when it comes to your fence. Even the smallest split or damage should be mended or replaced the panel completely.
Fasteners and Fixing
The key element to the strength of your fence is the fixings and fasteners. Stainless steel screws, nails and connectors will give a solid foundation. Since stainless steel is corrosion and rust-resistant, and while it might be more costly than other options, they are an investment because they last longer.
Your fence is an important part of having a garden space that you and your family can enjoy. Gardening is relaxing once you get into the swing of it, but if you’re just starting out, then here are some tips: Five Simple Gardening Tips For Beginners – This Mummy Rocks.
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