Florida residents are used to rainy seasons. From approximately early June until November, we experience a hurricane season that can range from smaller thunderstorms to intense hurricanes one right after the other. It is for this reason that water damage protection is essential for all Florida homeowners.
At FloriFence, we want to help you protect your fencing from the summer storms. Wood fencing is most susceptible to water damage, while vinyl and aluminum fencing is relatively water-resistant. However, it’s important to protect all types of fencing materials from water damage.
Below are some tips to keep your fencing safe from water damage:
Keep water sprinklers as far away as possible.
If you want to avoid water damage, it’s important to also avoid preventable water exposure. By installing sprinklers strategically, you can minimize spray onto your fencing and reduce potential damage. This is also important to keep in mind when you wash the car, play in the pool, or expose your fence to any other water source.
Avoid installing directly into the soil.
Soil will retain moisture which can cause damage to creep up your fence and cause visible damage. If possible, fill the area with concrete first. This is an important step to maximize the longevity of your fence.
Seal or stain wood.
Because wood fencing is primarily susceptible to water damage, you should invest in a proper sealant or wood stain. This will add a protective layer to the outside of the wood, not only preventing water damage but deterring termites in the process, which both are common problems in Florida.
Powder coating, which can be done for vinyl or aluminum, can help protect your fencing from unwanted damage. The powder coat not only adds a layer of color, but will also prevent rusting, stains, or imperfections in your fence’s surface.
Complete routine inspections.
Finding water damage is just as important as preventing it. The sooner you notice mold, mildew, or splitting wood, the easier it will be to repair. Mold and mildew are sometimes easy to remove with cleaning, but in some cases, you’ll need to replace the fence board entirely to eradicate the problem.
Replace damaged fencing.
If you notice that your fencing shows signs of water damage, you’ll need to contact FloriFence. Some issues must be professionally resolved, either with professional cleaning or replacement of the damaged area. FloriFence will help you find the most cost-effective solution to remedy the water damage and have your fence looking good as new again.
To learn more about fencing maintenance for homes and businesses, contact FloriFence today!