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How Winter Can Harm Your Fence

When winter comes around, it should come as no surprise that the elements can cause quite a lot of damage to your property – especially to your fence. While the summer and a strong sun can also cause things such as discolouration and general wear and tear, winter has the ability to be particularly destructive – even more so if you don’t take the necessary precautions to protect your fence. In this article, the Barnard Fencing team will be discussing some of the ways in which winter can damage your fence.


While it’s not always the case here in the UK, snowfall during the winter is becoming increasingly more common over the past couple of years as we face more extreme weather systems. Unfortunately, this increase in moisture can cause some serious damage to our fences. For example, if water gets into the grooves or cracks in your fence and then freezes, it will expand, breaking the fence and causing the cracks to grow larger.


While you might think that it’s only wooden fences that will face the wrath of winter, this isn’t true. Unfortunately, even extremely durable iron fencing can experience damage from the snow and rain. If the protective coating of an iron fence is worn away, it will make it easier to rust. Ultimately, once the fence begins to rust, it will bend and broke much easier and becomes an eyesore, too.


While we associate winter as a season that’s perpetually cold, in recent years, this isn’t always the case; it’s not uncommon to experience 20 degree temperature shifts on a daily basis, and it can even become relatively warm. The problem with these major shifts in temperature is that it can wreak havoc with the structure of your fence, causing the wood to warp.

Shifting soil

As the ground retains more moisture during the winter, it can cause the soil to actually move. As you can imagine, this will affect the soil that sits around fence posts and, ultimately, the fence itself. As the soil moves it disrupts the foundations of the fence, making it much easier for more extreme weather systems to jolt the fence or, in an even worse scenario, completely rip it from the ground.

While this sort of happening is extremely uncommon, it’s still very much worth accounting for. As stated earlier in the article, UK weather has been becoming increasingly more extreme in recent years, meaning it’s much better to try to combat these sorts of events before they happen.


For quality fencing you can trust, look no further than Barnard Fencing. As a local Nottingham fencing manufacturer, we provide, install and maintain an assortment of products, including wooden fencing, eco fencing, trellis work, metal gates and security fencing. We pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail and efficient approach to all projects we undertake. To get your free, no obligation quote, simply get in touch with our friendly advisers – we are always happy to help.


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