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Will Salt Damage My Fence in Virginia?

snowWhile it is not a year-round issue to contend with, fence owners do have to be aware of the effects of salt in the winter months. Salt is used primarily to de-ice roads and melt snow so that travel is safe. However, tires and footsteps can knock salt off of roads and sidewalks and onto your fence. Should this be a cause for concern? Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach has the answer.

For certain types of fencing materials, salt will not cause any notable damage. Both vinyl and aluminum fences are excellent all-weather options and are not affected by any of the chemicals found in road salt. However, if you are the owner of a wood fence, that is a different story.

Wood can be damaged by salt. Salt is corrosive, and wood, as a naturally occurring material, is more susceptible to damage from corrosives. You can work to deter these effects during the winter if you know that your wood fence is likely to come into contact with road salt. A quality sealant will help protect your fence to a degree, but the best thing to do to protect a wood fence from salt damage is to cover the base of the fence, or whichever part is most likely to be hit with salt, with burlap or another thick covering. Though it may not be ideal, it is the most effective way to protect your wood. You can also avoid using salt on your own property to melt ice, using sand or other alternative substances when possible.

Do you have questions about fence maintenance this winter? Call on the experts at Hercules  Fence of Virginia Beach today for more information.

At Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach, we pride ourselves in our extensive styles and options of fences. Our sales team can offer you many selections to choose from to accommodate your privacy, semi-privacy, and decorative needs. At Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach, we put safety and environmental awareness first. All of our lumber meets and/or exceeds industry standards, as well as conforms to the latest EPA requirements.

If you choose Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach today, you’ll learn why we’re the best in the business. The knowledgeable people of Hercules Fence have developed a reputation since 1955 for professional service and quality installation. With over 50 years in the fence business, we are well aware that our reputation must be earned anew every day.

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Contact Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach today at (757) 321-6700

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