When it comes time to dealing with the impact of the many storms that Queenslanders experience during the Summer months we at Northside Fencing feel it always pays to plan ahead. While we are still a few months away from the worst of it we thought it might be best to take a look at the most common causes of trouble for your fence once the blistering winds and torrential rain start coming in.
Carrying Out a Fence Inspection
The first step that needs to be carried out is an inspection of your fence, looking for any pre-existing breaks and cracks that could be present. These damaged components can cause the structural integrity of the whole fence to fail when the winds hit and should be replaced as soon as possible.
When inspecting these damaged parts you should also look for trees, branches and shrubs that could be causing these issues and make a plan to have them pruned back so they do not cause further damage to the fence or create the same issues we have already tended to during violent storm season.
Another threat to the structural integrity of your fence is the rusting of hinges and screws. If your fence was constructed without the use of stainless steel hinges and screws then now is the perfect time to make the change and prevent any need for replacement down the line. When replacing hinges on gates it is recommended to engage a professional contractor to ensure there are no alignment issues.
Make Sure Your Foundations Are Sound
Perhaps the most important part of the fence that needs attention is the base. This is a crucial component to the structural integrity and the part that causes the most issues when it comes time to storm season.
The first thing we need to look for is water pooling around the posts. If found this is an issue that we need to rectify immediately. Over time the water will cause rot or rust depending on what material your fence is made of and this will certainly spell trouble. If you think this will be a constant issue then you should replace the posts with a material that can handle water such as stainless steel or aluminium.
If no water is present then you should also check for any movement from the post by pushing it slightly back. As winds blow back and forth they can loosen the posts and this makes the fence a hazard in terms of falling. If you notice movement when inspecting the posts you should contact a qualified contractor to make sure the fix is carried out to the highest standard possible.
Consult a Professional Fencing Contractor
If you are concerned about your fences ability to withstand the summer storms then give Northside Fencing a call on (07) 3491 4100 or contact us online to arrange for an experienced and qualified fencing contractor to visit your property for an inspection. Our decades of experience mean we have seen it all and can provide the best possible advice so you get the most out of your fence.