You may thrive in hot weather. Soaking up the sun gives you a healthy glow. Enjoying the warmth makes your mood go from bah humbug to let’s party!
Your fence likely feels a little differently about sunlight and hot temperatures. Needless to say, if you choose the ideal fence material, you may place your fence up to thrive just like you do in the heat of the sun.
Curious what material works best for the fence that should survive the heat? Read our guide before purchasing and you will have a fence that like you, is ready for anything!
Is Your Fence Under the Weather?
If you are like other homeowners, you likely take your fence for granted. That is, until you see a section or two buckling, warping, or leaning to one side. Those are all symptoms of a wood fence dealing with the brutal effects of a hot climate.
You love the sun since you can escape back to the cool conditioned air of your home or office. A fence isn’t so lucky. Hot temperatures can have a substantial negative effect on a fence.
By way of example, a fence exposed to the elements can endure all of the above but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are especially vulnerable to heat since they expand.
It isn’t only wood fences that bear the burden of sunlight and heat. Any fence made of a non-weatherproof material can suffer when left unattended and under the weather.
Requirements for a Weatherproof Fence
If you are installing a fence in a hot, sunny climate and expect it to thrive, look for these three factors when looking for fencing material:
- Doesn’t Expand
You don’t need a fence which gets so hot you or your kids can not touch it without getting burned. Also, look for a material that doesn’t absorb water when it rains. Ultimately, you don’t need a fence made of a material that expands when it gets hot.
As you’ll see later in this post, wood might not be the perfect selection for a fence as it doesn’t pass any of these three tests.
Your Fence and the Heat of the Sun
A fence constructed from a material like wood that expands in warm temperatures, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Heat can also cause warping, which might separate the planks from the fasteners.
We already know how much you enjoy basking in the sun a gorgeous summer day. Your fencing, however, can degrade or lose its color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays.
While shopping for a new fence, look for materials made to withstand the heat of the sun. A popular fencing material for warm climates is vinyl. Stick with us and we’ll talk about why.
Vinyl Isn’t Only for Records
Vinyl is a sturdy material for record albums, but did you know it’s also ideal for fences?
Today’s vinyl fencing material often contains carbon dioxide. TIO2 protects a fence from degrading due to UV ray exposure.
Generally, vinyl resists changes in temperature. This is fantastic if you live in a hot weather because vinyl won’t expand much on a hot day. Additionally, it doesn’t contract once the temperatures drop–great for homeowners living further away from the equator.
Vinyl also isn’t a good heat conductor. Even on scorching hot days, a vinyl fence won’t feel hot to the touch. Fantastic for backyards where children play (and occasionally attempt to climb the fence).
If these benefits aren’t sufficient, vinyl fencing is cost-effective, long-lasting, and beautiful to look at.
The Missing Link
Vinyl is a fantastic fence material, but if you’re looking for another option, have you ever considered chain link?
Chain link is definitely an acceptable alternative material for homeowners looking for a weather-resistant fence. It will not expand under the warmth of the sun, or contract when cooler weather arrives. The drawback is that chain link can get hot after sitting in the sun all day.
Having said that, if you should touch a hot chain link fencing, you won’t leave your hand on it for too long. As you won’t suffer a severe burn, it may feel uncomfortable. Hint: A chain link fence painted black absorbs more of the sun’s warmth.
Chain link is a metal, meaning it will corrode comparatively quickly. Rust causes deterioration. Start looking for a manufacturer that uses special coating to prevent rust.
Learn more about the similarities and differences between vinyl and chain link fence materials. Either makes a excellent alternative for a fence, especially if you live in one of the warmer parts of the country.