Factors such as amount of rainfall, temperatures and types of weather events such as earthquakes or hurricanes affect the staying power of garden and privacy fences. Before putting up a new yard fence, homeowners should learn about the various materials available and recommended for their areas.
Rain and Humidity Deteriorate Fencing Materials
Living in a wet environment where there is a great deal of rain and moisture collecting on the fence and on the fence post footings may cause wooden fences to rot prematurely. Using wood that is more durable such as locust, redwood, cedar or cypress will help forestall rotting in these climactic conditions.
Wood for like cedar and redwood, often used for swimming pool security fences and privacy fences, does not have to be expensive. Instead of using premium grade wood, buy construction heart redwood or cedar. These grades are as durable as the fancier grades and provide beautiful fencing resistant to rot.
Metal fences are also vulnerable to wet climates, and iron or chain-link fencing may rust faster than in a dryer climate. If wrought iron or chain-link fencing is used, extra maintenance should be planned to keep wrought iron fences repaired and painted for years of lasting good looks.
Masonry, vinyl and composite fencing do best in wet climates. Although moss may grow on masonry walls or light mold may appear on composite and vinyl fencing, these kinds of materials endure the elements more readily and need little maintenance or repair in this type of climate.
Hot, Dry Temperatures Affect Fencing Materials
In excessively hot and dry areas, certain yard fence materials may fade loosing their color and luster. Composite fencing may become lighter and less attractive over time. Certain kinds of wood may shrink and become warped when used in hot, dry areas especially if they are not properly dried ahead of time or are imported from parts of the country where the climate is wetter, infusing the wood with moisture.
If wood is the chosen material for a particular fence, be sure it is kiln dried and is not newly imported from regions that might contribute to its retaining extra moisture.
Masonry, metal and stone fences and walls do very well in hot, dry areas maintaining their integrity and their looks over time. Aside from a loose rock or brick needing replacement, most of these fences need little maintenance.
Extreme Cold Weather Damages Masonry Walls
When the thermometer drops into single digit numbers, masonry fences and walls made with mortar may suffer. Freezing conditions affect these walls because water may be trapped in the mortar causing it to freeze and crack.
Wood, bamboo and metal fences are the most durable for use in very cold climates.
Severe Weather Conditions Contribute to Wear and Tear on Fencing
The most durable fencing material is bamboo, which is a naturally sustainable material. Reports of bamboo buildings withstanding earthquakes of 9.0 shows the durability and staying power of this amazing material. Fences made from bamboo do not rot or need any painting, and can endure a great deal of abuse from both hurricanes and earthquakes. Because bamboo is often used in its natural state, there are also enough spaces between bamboo slats to withstand strong winds without pulling the fence down.
Wooden fences are also somewhat resistant to intense weather, surviving due to their innate flexibility. Keep in mind though, that wooden privacy fences, tall swimming pool security fences and other lightweight fences may be susceptible to wind damage from hurricanes and tornadoes.
The least durable fences during earthquakes are those made from masonry, especially those made from brick or stone using mortar in the seams. The shaking of the ground loosens the mortar and often brings down a stone wall with ease.
Choose materials that best suit the environment for long-term, low maintenance garden and privacy fences. Taking weather and climate into consideration when deciding on yard fences adds to years of enjoyment with little care for the homeowner.