During the cold and dark winter months, the UK is no stranger to harsh weather conditions. Previously, wind speeds have hit over 100mph in coastal areas and reached a record speed of 173mph in 1986.
While wind speeds this intense are unlikely to affect you, a fallen or damaged fence could be the result of similar conditions. Especially if you’re located towards the coast.
If your fence has already taken an unfortunate loss against mother nature, or if you’re looking to reinforce your efforts for when/if extreme winds hit you, you’ve come to the right place.
Here, we explain the reasons your fence has/could become a casualty of wind damage, and the steps you can take to prevent this from happening in the future.
1. Poor fence installation
Probably the most common cause of fallen and damaged fences, poor installation can seriously harm the stability of your fence. As the wind picks up and your fence starts to sway, an un-stable fence can only hold on for so long.
From holes or gaps in the fence, to tilted fence posts and use of incorrect nails, there are several reasons your fence could become unstable. To avoid this scenario, be sure to use a trusted fencing contractor for the installation of your fence.
Yes, hiring a professional comes at an extra cost, but it means you’ll save money in the long term. Think about it, repairing or replacing your fence doesn’t come cheap.
For guidance on choosing the right professional for you, take a look at our blog on 5 things to consider when hiring a fencing contractor.