Winter is coming fast! Now is the time to assess the state of your outdoor
What Color is the Wood?
Your stained wooden fence should still look stained. For example, if you stained it a dark brownish-red a year or two ago, it should still be pretty much brownish-red now. If it's recently taken on a gray tone, this is an indication that the stain and sealer is no longer effective, and it needs to be re-stained. Failing to re-stain your fence could allow precipitation to soak into the wood over the winter, resulting in rot.
Are There Holes from Pests?
Look for holes from wood-damaging pests. Jagged holes in the wood could be a sign of termites, while smooth passageways and small, window-like openings
Does the Fence Feel Stable?
Put your hand on the wooden posts of your fence and try to wiggle the posts back and forth. Wiggling posts are a sign that the wood underneath the ground has started to rot. Destabilized fences can be a danger when heavy snow falls and when ice storms occur. If your fence is wiggling or seems unstable, have it looked at by your fencing contractor.
Is the Wood Soft and Splintering Near the Ground?
The wood near the ground is the first to start to rot, because it's constantly exposed to moisture from the ground. Upon inspecting the wood near the soil, you may notice it's been splintering, swelling or cracking. If this is the case, some boards of your fence may need to be replaced. If the damage is bad enough, you may even need a new fence.
Knowing when to contact fencing companies can help you get your fence ready for winter. Once all repairs have been made, your fence should be able to resist the moisture and wind in the long months of winter.