Extremely cold climates can be as harsh on your fence as they are on your body. Fencing materials that work well for most climates can quickly deteriorate under these conditions. If you need a fence that will hold up to the wind, rain, and snow, read what some of our readers recommend.
Sean Chapman, Founder, and Editor-in-Chief at Tools’n’Goods. Sean is a professional carpenter with over 10 years of experience.
Masonry and Steel
Wood, vinyl, and aluminum are known for having issues in cold temperatures, so it’s highly recommended to choose masonry or steel in areas where temperatures can change. These materials are the least prone to damage in unfriendly temperature conditions. They are also moisture and sun-resistant. As for masonry styles, the best options for harsh weather include stone and crack-resistant concrete.
Vinyl or PVC
When considering harsh weather climates, it is recommended to use a man-made product, like vinyl or PVC, versus a natural material like wood. Vinyl fencing is made to withstand the elements with minimal maintenance. There’s no need to worry about splintering, rotting, and repainting after a harsh winter or a stretch of heavy rainstorms. Additionally, it won’t rust either. If it gets dirty, a vinyl fence is easy enough to clean with the spray of a hose.
Most privacy fences are built with height in mind. They are meant to block out any meddlesome neighbor. They don’t tend to be built considering extreme weather. If you live in an area with harsh winters, I recommend a metal fence. Metal won’t freeze the way wood does, so you won’t see expansion and cracking when it thaws back out. It’s incredibly sturdy and can stand up to the weight of snow, as well as gusty winds.
If metal is too garish for you, though, you might try vinyl-reinforced fencing. This will strengthen the fencing and ensure far less structural damage, and it tends to look nicer.
Vinyl or Wood with Metal Posts
The best all-around material for harsh weather climates is vinyl. Vinyl is the most weather-resistant material and won’t be ruined by rain or snow. It is lightweight but surprisingly sturdy.
Wood with metal posts is also good for cold climates. It provides privacy, and its metal posts will ensure its stability when dealing with snow or wind.
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