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Winter in New England can pack a wallop, and although AVO’s high quality of materials and workmanship enable our fences to withstand harsh weather better than the competition’s, there are some precautions you can take to help your fence stand tall and steady come spring. Read on below for the best tips for preparing your wood, vinyl, or ornamental fence for the winter season.

Winter Tips for Wood Fence

Fortunately, AVO cedar lumber starts off with a lot of its own natural protection, making it one of the best choices for four-season wood fence. But it’s always a good idea to take some extra care to prevent moisture buildup or structural damage:

  • Trim any overhanging branches before it snows. As snow overloads tree limbs they can break, snap, and fall, causing structural damage to your fence.
  • Check your fence for any loose boards or posts or enlarged nail holes. It’s a good idea to repair or replace them prior to winter’s arrival to minimize potential damage.
  • Prep your fence with a good oil based stain before the winter months to help prevent premature rot.
  • Keep any spaces between your fences clean. Fallen leaves, debris, and snow can trap additional moisture where the wood is weaker.

Winter Tips for Ornamental Fence

Iron, aluminum, and chain link fences are all durable, low-maintenance fence types, but don’t leave them out in the cold without a little TLC:

  • Trim any overhanging branches before it snows. As snow overloads tree limbs they can break, snap, and fall, causing structural damage to your fence.
  • Clean your ornamental fence before the first snowfall to ensure you won’t have as big of a cleaning job ahead of you come spring. Snow will tend to accumulate dirt and grime, leaving it on your fence when it melts.
  • If you see any rust has already formed on your chain link or ornamental fence, scrub it clean and add a paint or sealant to make sure further damage won’t occur.

Winter Tips for Vinyl Fence

While vinyl fences are not prone to split or warp like wood, even slight structural damage can be exacerbated by snow and ice. We recommend taking the following precautions before winter sets in:

  • Trim any overhanging branches before it snows. As snow overloads tree limbs they can break, snap, and fall, causing structural damage to your fence.
  • Inspect your fence for any damage. Repair or replace panels as needed.
  • Remove scuff marks and water stains with a thorough cleaning.

Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, winter damage does happen. AVO Fence & Supply is here for you in every season — contact us today for any fence repair or replacement needs!


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Andrew Knott
President and General Manager of AVO Fence and Supply