Rain can have a tremendous impact on garden fencing. Although most fences are built to endure the elements and last a long time, rain can sometimes wreak havoc on your lovely fencing, especially with the amount of rain we have in the UK. We’ll go through how rain impacts your fencing and how you can avoid it in this article.
When it rains and rainwater is allowed to sit on wooden fences, it can cause rotting, mould, and mildew to develop. Wooden fences are well-known for their susceptibility to moisture damage. While most timber fences are pressure treated and dip treated for durability and endurance, moisture can wear down the fence over time. Water creeps in from the incessant rain and snow.
Timber has been used for fence for millennia since it is an environmentally benign, robust, and adaptable material. If not properly managed, however, wood can succumb to moisture and rot. Our outdoor wood goods, such as our fencing, are treated at Johnsons to ensure that they look their best and last as long as possible.
For the bulk of our fencing, we choose pressure treated timber. To ensure that preservatives penetrate the grain effectively, this approach applies a lot of pressure to the wood. After the preservatives have been applied, the wood is placed in a vacuum and then subjected to high pressure. This treatment is effective against insects and fungi, which means you don’t need to worry about holes and weaknesses in the wood until annual maintenance is required.
When exposed to rain, the end grains of the stake are the most vulnerable. The top of the column will absorb all of the water rather than the entire column, which can cause mold, mildew, and eventually rotting of the column.
By installing fence post caps, most fence post problems caused by weather can be solved, because post caps can protect posts from the elements. By including the post cap, you can also extend the life of the fence, making it more secure and beautiful.
After a few hours or days of rain, the ground will get wet and some areas may flood. Moist soil that can come into contact with your fence will cause it to rot. This can be prevented by installing gravel slabs to protect your panels. Installing the gravel board as part of the fence installation is very important to you as it can act as a barrier between the fence and wet ground, protecting the fence from moisture damage, debris, and insect damage from the wet floor. You can also choose concrete crushed stone slabs to help protect your wooden fence from prolonged exposure to water. Concrete is the ideal material for crushed stone slabs because it is strong and does not rot. Although in contrast to closed slab fences or lap slabs, you can combine concrete gravel slabs with concrete fence posts to create a strong, secure, and low-maintenance fence for your home or business.
When installing fence posts, always consider installing them in a good location and good ground conditions. Ask yourself if this place and the ground are prone to flooding or becoming too muddy after rain. If this is unavoidable, make sure that the fence post is at least 2 feet (600 mm) underground. In muddy soil, insert some stones around the piers to obtain a denser soil composition and help stabilise the piers. For drainage, gravel can be added to the bottom of the column, and a large amount of column mixture can be used to firmly fix the column to the ground. By placing the batteries properly underground, this will help them withstand muddy ground conditions and better survive when it rains.
Another option for using wooden fence posts is to choose concrete fence posts to eliminate any possibility of deterioration due to rain.