Is Your Fence Under the Weather?
If you are like other homeowners, you likely take your fence for granted. This means until you see a area 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 escape back to the cool conditioned air of your home or office. A fence isn’t so lucky. Hot conditions can have a significant negative impact on a fence.
For illustration, a fence subjected to the components can suffer all of the above but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are especially vulnerable to heat because they expand.
It isn’t only wood fencing that bear the load of the sun and heat. Any fence made of a non-weatherproof material can sustain when left exposed and under the weather.
Needs for a Weatherproof Fence
If you’re installing a fence inside a hot, sunny climate and expect 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 children can’t touch it without getting burned. Also, look for a material that doesn’t absorb water when it rains. Finally, you don’t want a made of a material which expands when it gets hot.
As you’ll see later in this posting, 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 grows in hot conditions, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Heat can additionally cause warping, which may divide the boards from the fasteners.
We already know how much you enjoy basking in the sunlight a beautiful summer 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.