You’ve brought your patio furniture into the garage. You collected wood for the fireplace. You even have a new set of mittens in the closet. Sounds like you are ready for another biting-cold Chicago winter. But while you are thinking about spending your days inside your toasty abode, have you stopped to think about what is going to happen to your property exposed to the elements?
Decks and fences – especially those made of wood – are subject to some noticeable damage during the winter that many homeowners and business managers don’t address until the spring. By then, repairs could be difficult and a total replacement of the fence or deck might be necessary. Instead of waiting until after the last minute, check out these hazards the average fence may encounter this winter, and why you should schedule repairs before frost falls over Chicago.
Not Today, Knotholes!
As the temperature starts to drop and fluctuate, it is not uncommon for knotholes to rattle themselves out of wooden fences. The result is a hole that looks awfully inviting to termites. Handle any potential knothole issues ahead of time to avoid turning your fence into a hotel for insects.
Filling the Gaps
For the same reason why knotholes may appear in the colder months, gaps between planks of wooden fences and decks can become prominent. The more wide gaps you have, the weaker the entire structure becomes, and you risk a collapse.
Watch Your Head
Snow is not the only thing that falls during the winter season. Sometimes branches take a tumble, too, and cause considerable property damage. Either reinforce your fences and decks near trees now or start slicing up your conifers.
Stand Up Straight
As the temperature changes, so does the consistency of the soil. Some patches may become brittle, dry, or otherwise unstable, and fence posts start to lean. Have a professional inspect each post and determine which ones need reinforcement, repair, or replacement.
It’s Up to Your Knees Out There
Perhaps the main reason you should be considering fence and deck repairs sooner than later is the major inconvenience inches of snow makes for everyone. Even the best crews might not be able to readily access your damaged property if snowfall won’t let up. If something goes wrong and your fence is damaged, it could be a while before it can be corrected.
Looking for friendly and experienced fence and deck installation and repair service? Contact our Chicago fence repair team at Fence Masters today and ask how you should prepare your property for the winter. We have 30+ years of service experience and offer free estimates, so call 708.758.5250 now. We look forward to hearing from you.
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