You may thrive in hot weather. Soaking up the sun gives you a healthy glow. Enjoying the warmth makes your mood move from bah humbug to let’s party!
Your fence probably feels somewhat differently about the sun and hot temperatures. Of course, if you choose the best fence material, you may set your fence up to thrive just as you do in the heat of the sun.
Curious what material works best for the fence that needs to survive the heat? Read our guide before purchasing and you’ll have a fence that like you, is ready for anything!
Is Your Fence Under the Weather?
If you are like other homeowners, you probably take your fence for granted. That is, until you notice a section or two buckling, warping, or leaning to one side. Those are all symptoms of a wood fence handling the brutal effects of a hot climate.
You love the sun since it is possible to escape back to the cool conditioned air of your home or office. A fence isn’t so lucky. Hot temperatures can have a significant negative impact on a fence.
By way of example, a fence exposed to the elements can suffer all the above but also may deteriorate quickly. Wood fences are particularly vulnerable to heat since they expand.
It isn’t only wood fences that bear the burden of the sun and heat. Any fence made from a non-weatherproof substance can suffer when left unattended and under the weather.
Prerequisites 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 shopping for fence material:
- Doesn’t Expand
You do not want a fence which gets so hot you or your kids can not touch it without getting burned. Also, look for a substance that doesn’t absorb water when it rains. Ultimately, you don’t want a fence made from a material that expands as it gets hot.
As you’ll see later in this post, wood may 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 hot temperatures, may wear out faster and suffer damage. Heat can also cause warping, which may separate the boards from the fasteners.
We already know how much you enjoy basking in the sun a beautiful summer day. Your fence, however, can degrade or lose its color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays.
While shopping for a new fence, look for materials designed to withstand the heat of the sun. A favorite fence material for warm climates is vinyl. Stick with us and we will talk about why.
Vinyl Is Not Only for Records
Vinyl is a sturdy material for record albums, but did you know that it’s also ideal for fences?
Today’s vinyl fence material often contains titanium dioxide. TIO2 protects a fence from degrading because of UV ray exposure.
Generally, vinyl resists changes in temperature. This is great if you live in a hot weather because vinyl won’t expand much on a hot day. It also doesn’t contract when the temperatures drop–great for homeowners living farther away from the equator.
Vinyl also isn’t a good heat conductor. On scorching hot days, a plastic fencing will not feel hot to the touch. Perfect for backyards where kids play (and occasionally try to climb the fence).
If these benefits are not enough, vinyl fencing is cheap, 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 considered chain link?
Chain link is definitely an acceptable alternative substance for homeowners looking for a weather-resistant fence. It doesn’t expand under the warmth of the sun, or contract when cooler weather arrives. The disadvantage 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 fence, you won’t leave your hands on it for a long time. While 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 fast. Rust causes deterioration. Look 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 great choice for a fence, particularly if you live in one of the warmer parts of the country.