In addition, wooden fencing is very popular in the DFW area. They are also very heavy and can withstand a lot of wind. But how much wind? Some experts say that wooden fences can withstand winds of up to 60 miles per hour (mph) without any problem. A vinyl fence can withstand winds of 65 to 90 miles per hour before it gets damaged.
If you live in a windy area, this may not be the best option for your fence. Vinyl fences are also incredibly windproof. Vinyl is about five times stronger than wood and doesn't break as easily. Because it is made of PVC, it does not rot, deform or mold, and is resistant to insect damage.
Because of this, its structure remains stable for a longer period of time. Adding a metal support bar in the center of each picket will add additional support and ensure that your fence can withstand even the strongest winds. The height of a fence also plays an important role in determining how much wind it can withstand, since taller fences have more surface area than shorter ones, meaning they are less likely to be damaged by wind. A vinyl fence doesn't expand or contract with extreme changes in temperature, so it doesn't crack, split, or warp over time.
If you're installing a typical six-foot fence, your posts should be about three feet deep below the ground. Panels with decorative holes or cutouts will let some of the wind through, while solid panels will attract more wind and will have to withstand higher forces. If any of these situations (inclined fence posts, deformed and broken fence posts, or rotten wooden posts) occur during a windstorm, the storm usually wins and causes sections of the fence or the entire fence to fall. Concrete fences are made of steel-reinforced concrete, providing the perfect maintenance-free option.
For example, when the wind blows at 10 mph, a 6-foot tall porous fence will reduce that speed to a minimum of 10 feet leeward from the fence. Vinyl fences are a great way to add beauty and security to your home, but they can be susceptible to damage caused by high winds. If you add horizontal bars to one side of the fence, this will protect it from strong winds and strengthen the entire panel. Not only will this make your fence more resilient to the strong March winds, but it will also make the fence last longer overall.
For example, if your fence is going to be six feet tall, place those posts at least 30 inches in the ground. While it may not be practical for privacy fences, if you use a fence primarily for decoration, selecting panels with cutouts can help prevent wind damage. Shadowbox fences, also called board boards, have tiered rows of stakes on either side of the fence rails. Many fences use three or four vertical panels, with small gaps in the middle, and one or two horizontal bars at the back of the fence.