Be Prepared: How To Protect Your Commercial Fence This Winter

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Winter is just around the corner. The harsh weather will soon be here. If you're a business owner, that means it's time to start thinking about your commercial fence. You might not know this, but winter weather can destroy your commercial fence, especially if you're not prepared with a plan. Here are some steps you can take to help your commercial fence endure the harsh winter weather.

Clean and Protect the Surface

If you haven't cleaned and protected your commercial fence yet, now's the time to take care of that maintenance need. Your commercial fence has a better chance of surviving the winter if it starts out clean and protected. The first thing you need to do is to remove any loose dirt and grime. You can do that with a hose. Once you've removed the loose grime, use a solution of warm water and grease-cutting detergent to clean the surface of the fence. Finally, apply a waterproof protectant to the surface. The waterproof protectant will provide a layer of protection for your chain-link or wood security fencing.

Conduct Frequent Inspections

If you own a business, it's crucial that you keep your commercial fence in good condition. Damage to your fence leaves your property vulnerable to security breaches. Unfortunately, those security breaches can come in human and animal form. You might not realize it, but animals can pose a serious risk to you and your employees. The last thing you want is for stray animals to climb through damaged portions of your commercial fence in search of refuge during the winter or for intruders to use damaged areas of your fence to gain access to your property. When inspecting your commercial fence during the winter, look for signs of visible damage. Those areas should be repaired immediately.

Prevent the Buildup of Debris

During the winter, the weather can get too cold to go outside for regular maintenance needs. That means that debris and clutter can build up around your property. Unfortunately, if too much debris builds up around the fence, you could be looking at serious damage once spring arrives. One of the best ways to avoid that type of damage is to prevent the buildup of debris around your fence. While you're inspecting your fence each month during the winter, take the time to remove any debris you find in the area.

Maintain a Snow-Free Perimeter

If you're expecting snow this winter, be prepared with a good snow removal plan, especially in the area of your commercial fence. This is particularly important for vinyl, wood, and chain-link fences. Snow can cause vinyl and wood fences to rot, while the wet snow can cause chain link to develop problems with rust and corrosion. You can prevent those problems by maintaining a snow-free perimeter around your commercial fence.

Ask a commercial fence contractor what else you can do to take care of your fence this winter. 

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