How to Repair Storm Damaged Fences

With spring time in Georgia, it’s not rare to see surprise storms pop up. After each storm it’s always a good idea to inspect your fence, just to be sure. Even if there are only minor issues, it’s best to fix them sooner rather than later as the next heavy wind or rainstorm might just exacerbate the problem.

What Kind of Storm Damage to Look For

Different types of fencing are effected in different ways, so a lot will depend on the type of fences you have erected in your backyard, adjacent to decks and patios, or around the perimeter of your property. Generally, metal fences will be more resistant to wind than all other types. Wooden fences will be most vulnerable to the effects of moisture whether it’s been in the form of rain, hail, or snow. Vinyl fences are particular hardy, but posts can come loose, and mold can form. The posts or poles that are used to erect chain-link fences can also be affected. Metal fences can rust, though it’s not likely if they were coated prior to installation.

  • Check all upright posts and poles to make sure they are still at a 90-degree angle to the ground. Severe storms, shifting soil, strong winds, and heaving frost can make them shift, if only slightly, and if you don’t realign them they are likely to shift even more next time there is really bad weather. If the fence is wooden, it is often possible to simply brace them with an additional length of wood and concrete in place at an angle.
  • If any poles or posts have rusted or rotted away at the base, you might need to concrete and brace a new post in the ground next to the old one. Alternatively, you might need to add a new one (or more). Usually, the easiest way is to center the new post or pole midway between the old ones. It’s usually best not to remove the old ones unless you are going to replace a whole section of the fence.
  • Check for loose rails and sidings and replace any split or damaged ones. Be sure to check those that are adjacent to plants as small branches and shoots often work their way in between joints.
  • If there has been a lot of rain or snow during the winter months any fences that are sealed or painted will likely need a new coat now. Vinyl fences will probably need to be cleaned. If there is any damage to the fence you may need to replace sections. Metal and chain link fences should also be checked thoroughly for any signs of rust or breaking. If necessary, use a proprietary rust remover and then coat with a rust inhibitor and new top coat to stop it in its tracks.

Repairing storm-damaged fences is an essential part of any good fence maintenance program and will ensure you get many more years of use out of your fences.

If you are unable to repair your storm-damaged fences yourself and you live in Georgia, contact FenceWorks of Georgia for a FREE estimate.