5 Easy Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences are easy to maintain in comparison to other fence materials. They are one of the best options for any yard or open space because of their durability and price. The relative ease in maintenance is what has helped chain link fencing gain its popularity among users. But under the harsh weather conditions of winter,even this low maintenance fence requires certain care for longevity.

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Here are some easy maintenance tips which you can follow during the winter to get the longest life out of your chain link fence:

  1. Remove Unwanted Plant Growth Near Fence
    Keep an eye on the growth of shrubs, vines, grasses, creepers and other such plants. You won’t have to do as much pruning as it’s not the growing season. But you still need to thoroughly watch out for unwanted growth because sometimes, these plants can even manage to grow between panels of the fence.
  2. Wash Off All the Debris
    You can use power washers, garden hoes, or a plain bucket of soap and water to get rid of the dirt and dust on the fence. It’s really necessary to wash off the dirt because it can lead to rust.
  3. Check for Any Defaults
    Check for any damaged things like broken wires, wraps or splits. Problems like these are quite uncommon,but it’s better to pay attention because these issues will only get worse in bad weather.
  4. Remove Scuff and Marks
    Use soap and hot water solutions to remove these leftover paint marks because they look really unpleasant and can even lead to rusting spots on the fence.
  5. Rusting Spots
    Treatment of rusting spots is really important to ensure the longevity of the fence. You can use rust inhibiting agents and metal primers to get rid of rust.

Maintenance is an ongoing effort regardless of the weather. Use these simple fence maintenance tips during the winter to increase the durability of your fences.

Ron Frazelle is the Project Manager of La Habra Fence Company, a leading chain link fence company in Southern California for over 65 years. Ron is committed to providing the best customer service, high quality products and quick project completion at the best overall value for his clients. La Habra Fence offers a wide variety of fencing options, including chain link fences, ornamental iron fences, security cages and security gates.


  1. My husband and I ar planning on getting a chain link fence for our backyard and want to be sure we can care for it. I had no idea that you should be sure to remove rust and treat it with rust inhibitors and metal primers. Something else to do is to get your chain link fence inspected professionally at least every other year so that they can catch any problems early on.

  2. I like the recommendation to check for any mistakes or breakages in the fence in winter due to it’s weaker state. It makes sense that it could be good to remove scuffs as well because it would allow the fence to prevent rust or erosion. It’s something I’ll have to remember for getting a new fence to make sure it lasts a long time and keeps people out.

  3. It is good to know that one can use power washers or garden hoses to wash off chain link fences. This would be a good thing to do in preparation for winter. Another thing to think about would be to fix parts of the fence where the wire has been adjusted with proper equipment.

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