If you've recently invested in, or are planning on investing in a new wood fence for your property, you are probably looking for ideas to help protect it from winter's harsh elements. If so, keep on reading – you'll find a few tips to help protect your wood fencing from Father Winter's wrath.

Roadside Fencing

If you have the new fencing installed along a roadside, you're probably worried about the damage that the snow plows and salt trucks are going to cause. Well, you're not going to want to stop those trucks from doing their jobs, but you do want to stop the salt and blasts of snow from damaging the fence.

One of the easiest ways to protect the road side of the fence is to install plastic snow fencing about eight inches away from the wood fence. The snow fence will help to catch the snow that's being thrown from the plows from hitting the fence. It will also help to stop the rock salt from reaching the fence as cars zip past your home and cause it to mist up off of the roadway.

Quality Sealant

Talk with the installation professional that's helping you with your fence installation. He or she will know the best products to use on the type of fence that you're installing that'll keep the most moisture out of the wood. If you can keep the moisture from penetrating the surface, you'll be well on your way to protecting the fencing from becoming discolored in just a few years.

This sealant will need to be applied each year. Some people prefer to clean and seal their fencing at the beginning of spring to wash away all of the dirt and debris that is coating their fences, others like to wait until fall so that a fresh coat of sealant is applied just before the worst season hits – some do both. It will be up to you to decide, but you can ask your installation professional for advice.

Location Flags

If the fencing is short enough to potentially be buried by snow, get a few flags to mount to the side of it. The flags should extend well beyond any amount of snow that you could get. When spring rolls around, just remove the flags and store them for next winter.

These tips will help to protect your fencing from the damage that can be done over the winter. Hopefully, it will help and your fencing will look as good this spring as it does today.