Maintaining Your Calgary Fence

Maintaining your Calgary fence is not only a way of enhancing your home’s curb appeal,  but also a matter of adhering to City of Calgary bylaws.  Under bylaws related to Building and Structure maintenance, all decks, fences, porches and stairs must be kept in “good repair.”

Good repair means a condition where something is free from:

  • Significant damage
  • Peeling surfaces
  • Broken, missing, or fallen parts
  • Rot or other significant deterioration
  • Openings that are not secured
  • Other visual evidence of a lack of general maintenance

Good to know if you have that neighbor next door whose yard upkeep is driving you crazy.

Calgary fences need a tremendous amount of maintenance compared to fences that live happily in other climates with minimal care. Cold temperatures, severe temperature swings, a huge number of sunny days, all make keeping our fences in good repair no easy feat. Here are four tips to keep your fences standing tall and looking good.

Build It Right The First Time

It is important to choose fencing material with the knowledge of “local conditions” and maintenance requirements down the road. If you know that staining a fence will never make it to the top of your “to do” list, choose a materials like wrought iron, vinyl or high quality wood (cedar or redwood). In Calgary’s cold climate, concrete anchors are necessary for fence posts and should be secured at least 36” into the ground to avoid cracking. Ceramic-coated fasteners should be used instead of staples to avoid rusting. Do your research and be aware of what size posts are being installed and ensure they are sufficient for your particular application.

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Timely Repairs

Even if your fence is built observing all the best practices, chances are, over time, there will be some movement in the posts causing the fence to sag or gates not to close. Our ground freezes and thaws many times over each winter season. Address these issues sooner, rather than later and you will minimize costs and future repairs. Most commonly, gates may need to be adjusted or posts stabilized. A skilled handyman or the company that installed the fence originally can, easily tackle repairs of this nature. Be sure to inquire them about follow up repairs before awarding the contract for your new fence. It is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” repairs will be required. Find available handyman help at Who To Call Calgary Handyman Services.

Protect With Paint And Stain

We love the sun in Calgary but it is especially hard on exterior surfaces. Wood seems to suffer the most from sunshine exposure so wood fences will require a coat of stain, paint, or sealant at least once every two years. This will ensure that the wood is well protected from the harsh elements, mold and cracking. All wooden fences should be cleaned at least once every year to remove dirt and mold that builds up over time. Washing your fence with a power washer is an easy way to tackle this chore. Be mindful of the pressure setting unless your goal is to remove all of the paint!

Hire A Professional

Hiring a professional to build your fence the first time will save you time and money down the road. You should also considering a skilled professional to complete structural repairs that will last. Staining and painting your fence can certainly be done by you, but ensure you complete this task properly to maximize the life of your fence. It is also the perfect chore to assign to a teenage looking for some summer employment.

**Photos from Houzz**

 

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Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc. Taking care of a house with three boys I always needed a good drywaller on speed dial. When I moved to Calgary I quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice I was looking for. This experience inspired Who To Call – a website dedicated to helping Calgarians find quality home service repair companies. Sign up to post your project and find quality companies today!
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