5 Fencing Considerations for High Wind Areas

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  • 5-200 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 1,000-15,000

Fencing in high wind areas requires special attention not given to its moderate wind neighbors. Here are five items you should factor into your fence building decision:

1. Exposure

Where will you locate the fence? Will it be behind a row of trees, a hill or home that will offer a windbreak? Or will you situate your new fence exposed to an open field or water?

2. What's the Highest Average Wind Speed You Will Experience?

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Four-by-four posts might fare well in a 35 mph average wind zone, but 70 mph will cause them to snap. Research the average wind and build to that standard.

3. Do Building Code Restrictions Exist?

Because debris from a poorly built fence could damage your neighbor's home, local governments may have codes regulating fence construction. Some portions of the country, like Miami, may even require the use of fencing that has been tested and certified for that area.

4. How High Will You Build?

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Fence acts like a sail. The taller your fence the more wind force it will encounter.

5. Material Type

A chain link fence offers less resistance than stockade or a similar style and may be the best solution for a high-wind application.