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Preparing Your Home (and Fence) For Colder Weather

Preparing Your Home (and Fence) For Colder WeatherThere’s no getting around it, the weather is beginning to change. Unless you’re living under a rock, you may be aware that the 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place in Pyeongchang in South Korea. It might feel rather odd to watch the abundance of snow, to see participants wearing thick, warm clothing, but all too soon, we’ll feel the same situations here.

Hopefully our valued Taylor Fencing customers are enjoying another amazing summer as it begins to slowly wind down, one of the hottest on record in history! While we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to sunshine and heightened temperatures just yet, we’re always ready to plan ahead. Part of our service ethos as an organization is continued dedication towards assuming each and every one of your needs. This means that the fun does not end once the fence is installed. In fact, the fun hopefully continues long after that. To us, a fence is an integral part of home renovations and designs, but they’re just a piece of the big picture. That’s why the Taylor Fencing team is so passionate about sharing broad information.

We get a lot of questions from current, past and potential customers who are curious around the best time of year to install a fence. This is an important question but the answer isn’t quite that simple. It doesn’t matter what time of year that you install a fence, it matters how well you take care of it, all year round. In the interests of impending lower temperatures, today, let’s focus on how you prepare your fence and your greater home for colder weather in autumn and winter.

Prioritize Your Fence

First, it’s time to prioritize your fence. Make sure that if it’s a material that hasn’t been coated or doesn’t flourish well in wet or cold temperatures, that you’re pre-treating it. There’s no magic product, as long as you’re doing your homework. When in doubt, make sure that you’re sync’ing with someone from the Taylor Fencing team. We’re well-versed in each of the materials in the fence products that we offer. Beyond that, our decades of experience ensure that we can answer whatever questions send your way.

Check for Holes or Damage in Your Fence

This is also a good checkpoint to ensure that you’re targeting any holes or damage before the weather dips too low to mitigate these issues. Yes, you’ve walked past them dozens of times and probably not realized that these issues are growing in importance over time. A tiny hole, that happens as a result of a rodent crawling through a gap in the design, can quickly become a medium-sized hole that all of the rodent’s friends are now crawling through. A crack in the foundation of one of your fence posts that happened during a freak summer storm can evolve into the downfall of your entire fence infrastructure, just because you didn’t take the time to remedy the first fence post.

Preserve Your Plants in Colder Weather

Now, let’s take a step back and look at your front yard. While they may be your pride and joy, it’s time to bring in the seasonal flowers and shrubberies and instead focus on greenery and designs that will withstand the arctic chills ahead. Remember that you’ll still need to take care of anything that remains and that those trips outside to water your plants are not quite as fun when the temperatures are at record lows.

Clean Gutters

Next up, let’s take a look up at the roof. You’re probably glimpsing some gutters that have seen better days and that will soon be inundated with leaves. While the foliage will be beautiful, it can also serve as a major detriment to you home. Many homeowners are scared that taking care of the excess leaves means that they’ll have to spend hours on a rickety ladder, hanging perilously off of the side of their homes. Never fear, homeowners! Thanks to evolutions in technology, there are all sorts of gadgets that you can leverage which monitor your leaf flow and remove them as necessary. Isn’t it a cool age that we live in?

Take Care of Your Plumbing and HVAC

Finally, let’s talk about the infrastructure of your plumbing and HVAC. Your heating, your pipes, everything should be prepped and dressed as we head into fall. We’ve heard way too many nightmare stories about homeowners who have let their pipes get too cold and they’ve frozen and burst. Even then, some of the homeowners weren’t even home and had to deal with and clean up the mess when they returned from holiday vacations.

Fun and Helpful Checklist for Colder Weather

Let’s talk specifics. Here’s a fun checklist to have on hand if you’re not quite sure where to start. Remember that many of these you can handle by yourself, but sometimes it makes more sense to call in a professional. Taylor Fencing is happy to help you differentiate between the two:

  • Drain your outdoor faucet water and garden hoses
  • Move your garden hoses inside
  • Flag any problem pipes
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned far before the first frost says hello.
  • Vacuum your vents
  • Check and determine that no pieces of any of your equipment need replacing. Many forget about the filter in the furnace, but it’s frequently one of the first things to go.

So, let’s step back and look at the big picture of weatherproofing your home before colder weather arrives. We started by homing in on your fence, our number one priority. Given that it’s the first thing that visitors see, we want to make sure that it’s both beautiful and functional.

Once you have the above things in place, you’ll have exciting experiences like relaxing by the fire to look forwards to. We don’t know about you, but here at Taylor Fencing, we’re already thinking about next season and the adventures that it will include.

Ready to weatherproof your home and think about taking your fencing to the next level? Give the Taylor Fencing team a shout. We’d love to hear from you and help turn your house into a safe and secure home of your dreams.