How to Storm-Proof Your Georgia Fence

How to Storm-Proof Your Georgia Fence

The state of Georgia is no stranger to ferocious storms throughout the year. But hurricane season in the southeastern portion of the country can bring with it heavy rains and dangerously high winds that tear through all kinds of property.   

As such, Georgia homeowners, such as yourself, must take special precautions to ensure every part of their property is protected from the elements. And of all the parts of your home you should storm-proof, your fence is arguably one of the most important.   

Why Storm-Proof Your Fence?  

Many homeowners will argue that it’s much more important to focus one’s storm-proofing efforts on their garages or homes themselves. But much value is to be earned in taking the time to storm-proof your fence as well.  

For one, a fence that isn’t reinforced or secured can be dangerous. Panels or sections that fly around in high winds can damage your home, potentially breaking through windows and doors at an extreme velocity. Additionally, fixing a damaged fence after a storm is far more costly than keeping up with general maintenance and storm-proofing well before hazardous conditions arise.  

Storm-Proofing Tips for Georgia Fences  

With these details in mind, below are some professional tips to help you storm-proof your Georgia fence to prepare for severe weather during the next hurricane season:  

Check for Loose Boards and Panels  

Whether you’re new to the state or are a long-standing Georgia resident, you cannot wait until you see a storm or hurricane on the radar to take proper preventive action. Keeping up with your fence’s maintenance by way of checking for any underlying issues is one of the easiest ways to continually storm-proof it while ensuring it’s in the best shape possible.  

Reinforce Your Fence  

Most fences that are made from lighter materials, such as vinyl and composite materials, are typically the most vulnerable to damage in stormy conditions. But that also means they stand to benefit the most from reinforcing. You can easily bolster these fences with posts made of metal, concrete, or even harder wood to give them additional protection from storm damage.  

Invest in Wind-Resistant Fencing  

If, instead of reinforcing your current fence, you are in the market for new fencing altogether, consider wind-resistant fencing. It will require very little reinforcement or storm-proofing, as it’s already built to withstand some of the strongest winds.   

A great example is a chain-link fence, as it will stand up phenomenally well to high winds. The only downside to it is that it isn’t necessarily a favorite for homeowners looking to invest in a more aesthetic fence. But for those who prefer something secure, it can be a game changer when storm-proofing for the coming season.  

If you’re definitely against chain-link fencing but still want a material that can withstand inclement weather, discuss your needs with a fencing professional to see if there are alternatives that don’t require you to sacrifice aesthetics for hardiness.  

Check for Large Objects in Your Yard  

If you know a strong storm is approaching, it’s imperative that you remove anything from your yard that could fly into and damage your fence. Anything you can’t move should be secured in some other way. Even if you have difficulty lifting something up, extreme winds will likely have no problem doing so.  

Anchoring Your Fence  

On the subject of winds lifting and moving things, even the strongest fences have the possibility of being ripped from the base and sucked up into the sky during a storm. The best way around this is to secure the bottom of your fence to help anchor it to the ground. Concrete and cement are the most common ways to anchor a flimsier fence.  

Trim Trees Around the Fence  

Just as they can rip a fence from its base, storms can easily rip a tree’s heavy limbs right off, turning them into major safety threats as they go flying or come crashing down. Therefore, it’s wise to keep any trees and shrubs on your property well-kempt to prevent overhanging limbs from ruining your fence.  

Call on Fence Professionals for Repairs and Installations  

If your fence does end up damaged in a storm, you should repair it immediately so it doesn’t succumb to another severe storm in the future. Damaged fences are significantly less likely to make it through something like a hurricane, no matter what material they’re made of.  

In the same vein, you should also invest in working with industry professionals who understand the plight of Georgia homeowners so they can install your fence with storm protection in mind. A quality installation creates a solid foundation for any fence and can significantly improve its storm protection.  

Expert Fence Installation for Georgia Homeowners  

East Georgia Fence’s team of fence installation professionals is here to help keep your property safe. Our quality fences are properly installed and made with quality materials, so you won’t have to worry nearly as much about them being damaged during a storm. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services!