With Hurricane Dorian on track to potentially hit the Central Florida area, we want to pass along some information that can be very helpful to you when it comes to protecting your fence/home from wind damage. Here’s a list of things you can do to give your fence the best chance of surviving the storm:
Removing Yard Objects: Chairs, Trampolines, trash containers, grills and any other temporary yard objects should be brought inside away from the elements. These things can become flying objects during a bad enough storm and can do some serious damage. If you are in a pinch, you can throw your patio furniture in the pool and let it sink, just be careful when it comes to your pool liners.
Post Caps: On Vinyl Fences, if your post caps can be removed, be sure to do so as these can become flying objects. Pull the caps off and store in the garage until the storm has passed, then simply put back in place.
Overhanging Tree Limbs: The vast majority of fence damage can come from tree limbs falling onto your fence. This is easily avoidable by removing and trimming any overhanging limbs. Any dead or dying trees/shrubs near a fence should also be removed as those can easily be uprooted. Always seek the assistance of a professional.
Loose Posts: Loose and damaged fence posts are most susceptible to damage. Reinforce any loose posts and add additional concrete where needed. Fix any loose or damaged boards on wood or vinyl fences as they can break off and create a ballistic hazard.
Gates: If you’re gate can’t easily be secured with a lock, remove the gate off the hinge and store in the garage until the storm passes. This will allow the wind to flow through the weakest part of a fence line. If you have an exposed pool, be sure to put a mesh fence in place of the gate.
These are just a few precautions you can take in securing your old, or new fence. Anything that can potentially happen to your fence can be repaired or be replaced. You can’t replace yourself so please be safe and if you need any assistance after the storm, please do not hesitate to contact us for an estimate at 407-857-5770.
Be safe everyone!