Protect Your Fence for Hurricane Season

Protect Your Fence for Hurricane Season

As you are aware, Hurricane season is here, and will affect Central Florida in some manner.   The question is how bad?  The NOAA is predicting at least 6-10 named tropical storms developing into hurricanes this year, and 3-6 of those hurricanes will be category 3 or higher.  We at Paramount Fencing are encouraging you to understand that old saying, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” So now is the time to protect your investment, your fence.

Your fence was built beautifully, strongly, and according to the ASTM standard. It is time to see how it will stand up to hurricane-force winds.  Regardless, you can still do a few things that will help protect your investment. They will be the difference between the insurance company picking up the tab or the cost for repairs coming directly out of your pocket.  They are listed below:

  1. Video or take pictures of your fence before the storm.  Make sure you document all stretches both inside and out.  You should do this with your home as well.
  2. If you have a wood fence, the gates can be secured by taking a foot-long piece of  2” x 4” and securing it to the gate and latch post on both the top and bottom.   Use screws.  If you can, fold the gate open and screw it against the fence with screws.
  3. If you have a vinyl fence, remove the ¾” bolt from the outer portion of the top and bottom hinges.  Slide the gate off and store those gates in the garage.  Check your post caps.  If they are loose, take them off and place them in the garage as well.
  4. If you have an aluminum fence, simply place a bungee cord around the gate.
  5. Make sure you check the fence where it meets the house.  Make sure the fence is attached to the house.   If it is not, go buy a hurricane strap or 90-degree angle bracket and connect the fence to the house.   It will be the difference between the Insurance company viewing the fence as an attached structure or a detached structure.
  6. If you have a stretch of fence line which is standalone or not attached to the fence line as a whole, brace it.  Bracing can be accomplished by taking a 2” x 4” about two feet long and placing it at a 45-degree angle, one end buried in the ground, one end attached to the post with a screw.
  7. If you have a pool, even if it has a screen enclosure, please purchase an orange plastic safety fence from the home improvement store.  It will be hard to find after the storm.

Other ways to protect your fence during a hurricane are simple.

First, be sure to trim any tree limbs that are hanging over your fence line (and especially over your roof!) This will help limit damage due to large, old limbs falling in high winds. If the limbs are coming from a neighbor’s tree, ask them if they wouldn’t mind you trimming their tree or even hiring a professional to clean it up. However, always ask permission before cutting a neighbor’s tree!

Next, pick up any large items that are in your yard, including porch decor, outside furniture, and even hanging decorations. Anything that can be picked up by the wind can be thrown into a fence or even a window and cause damage. If you can, put everything into a garage or shed, or stack everything close to the house. As a last resort, sink your large furniture in your pool.

Last, check your fence line’s integrity. If it is older and has any loose posts, fix these before a storm. Reinforce any areas that have loose boards or panels.

When in doubt, use the resources below to monitor the current weather conditions:



Any notable tropical event can be found at the National Hurricane Center. Hover your mouse cursor over the event in question and it will give basic information such as Maximum Sustained Winds, Minimum Central Pressure, Location and Direction of movement.
Current Condition of the tropics

Current Weather Systems in the US

Understand, all tropical events are carried across the Atlantic Ocean by tradewinds- but they all will curve north in some manner as they approach North America. As they draw close, they are affected by frontal boundaries.
USA Frontal Boundaries

Water Temperatures and Interactive Maps

Remember, the temperature of the water determines if a Tropical Disturbance will develop or grow.  A hurricane needs 79.9-degree water to sustain itself.  It important to look at the water temperatures and the current location of a storm to determine where it travels and the projected path. This is an interactive map.
Current Water Temps

Wind Shear

There are two things that will kill a hurricane: Water Temperature and Wind Shear.  It important to monitor Wind Shear.  This website possesses current maps and covers favorable or unfavorable conditions. Use it to closely monitor a storm when it is 7-10 days out.
Atlantic Wind Shear

Cyclones - Spaghetti Models

Spaghetti Models are just as they sound:  A bunch of lines. But what each line represents is what counts.  Each line is the project path of a tropical disturbance based on different scientific models and organizations.  They are taking into account factor such as existing weather patterns.  They are predictions, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Long Term Project Path of A Storm.

3-7 Day Frontal Forecast

NOAA essential 3-7 day tracking photos of USA Frontal Boundaries.  It will help you understand what can make a hurricane change direction or shift paths.
3-7 Day Frontal Boundary Forecast NOAA

Wind Patterns

Wind pattern can steer a hurricane.  It also lets us know if we are going receive moisture.
Wind Flow and Directions

Humidity Patterns

Hurricanes do not like dry air. They will try to avoid it. Darker black shades on the map indicate dryer air. Use this map to track humidity patterns over the oceans.
Water Vapors
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Keep yourself and your home safe this hurricane season. This post has been brought to you by Paramount Fencing and Florida Living Outdoor.