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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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.
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