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 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 enjoy the sun because you can escape 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 example, a fence subjected to the elements can suffer all of the overhead but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are especially vulnerable to heat because they expand.
It isn’t just wood fences that bear the load of the sun and heat. Any fence made of a non-weatherproof material can suffer when left exposed and under the weather.
Requirements 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 kids can’t contact it without getting burned. Additionally, 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 be the ideal choice 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 temperatures, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Temperature can additionally cause warping, which may divide the boards from the fasteners.
We currently know how much you enjoy basking in the sun a beautiful summer day. Your fence, however, can degrade or lose its color when exposed towards ultraviolet (UV) rays.
When shopping for a new fence, look for materials made to withstand the heat of the sun. A common fence material for warm climates is vinyl. Stick with us and we’ll talk about why.