Can You Build a Fence During Winter?

Can You Build a Fence During Winter?

Fence building is something you would historically do during the fall or spring. However, choosing between these two seasons eliminates half of your options. So, can you build a fence during winter?

Yes, you need to pick a time when temperatures are moderate. Frozen soil is the main reason why contractors cannot work on your fence during winter. 

Below, we will go through a few more pros and cons of installing a winter fence. 

Why You Should Build a Fence During Winter

Reason #1: You Have More Schedule Options

Fencing contractors are often busier during warmer seasons. As a result, you might have to wait longer than you want to get your dream fence built. Because winter is less popular for building, you have more flexibility given the contractor’s workload. 

Reason #2: It’s Ideal if You Live in Muggy Regions

The web season can lead to wet, muggy dirt that is hard to deal with. Often, a bit of cold does well mediate this wetness. While this matters less with dry regions, wet regions can benefit from cold. 

Reason #3: You Might Get Better Rates

Because it is uncommon for contractors to get work during winter, you might have slightly better leverage when it comes to rates. While you never want to underpay a contractor, most will expect a bit of haggling.

Reason #4: No Interference With Outdoor Activities

The fall, summer, and spring periods are often great for outdoor activities. However, that fun in the sun is interrupted by hearing consistent hammering. When you schedule this during the winter, the walls will muffle all of this out while you are indoors enjoying a nice, hot beverage. 

Why You Shouldn’t Build a Fence During Winter

Reason #1: The Ground is Difficult to Dig Through

Hard, cold ground can be challenging to get your shovel through. As a result, it can take more time to complete most projects. The earth can be hard enough that some fencing jobs are impossible.

Reason #2: Vinyl Fencing is Challenging

Significant temperature fluctuations will cause vinyl fencing to expand and contract. While other materials are pre-winter treated, vinyl is a bit challenging because of this regard. When replacing vinyl fencing, it is often impossible to do so during the winter. 

Reason #3: Shipment Delays Caused By Weather

While having an abundance of orders might cause delays during the fall and summer, inclement weather is the fiend during winter. Shipping delays happen left and right because of nasty snowstorms and icy conditions. While we can thank our truckers for handling this weather, it is often better for them to stay safe than to get out on the road. 

Final Thoughts

To ensure your winter fence building project goes by without a hitch, be sure you select a temperate week with moderate temperatures. Often, those medium-level temperatures will solve most of the problems you run into with winter builds.

Otherwise, contact us today to see what a winter fence building project can look like for you.