Tips for Fixing Vinyl Fence Holes from the Winter

The cold weather of winter can be the cause of cosmetic damage to your vinyl fence. Limbs can fall off nearby trees; ice can fall from up above, and even a city snowplow can shoot snow and ice into the fence at high speeds. If you discover a hole in your vinyl fencing, there is no reason to worry. It can be fixed, and the fence can look like there was never damage to begin with.

Tools and Materials

Before you can begin, you'll need the following items:

  • Foam insulation (spray can)
  • Paint and primer (spray can)
  • Putty knife
  • Plastic filler
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  • Handsaw
  • Clean towels
  • Water

Planning

You need a few days of warm weather to do this repair job. Plan for two consecutive days where there is not any rain or snow predicted in your local weather forecast.

Prepping

Start by cleaning the part of your fence that needs to be repaired. All you need to do is wipe it down with a clean towel and some warm water. For a fence that is very dirty, you can use mild cleaning detergent when scrubbing the vinyl fencing. Allow the fence to dry completely before you continue.

Filling

Filling the vinyl fence hole is very easy to do. Begin by using some spray-foam insulation that comes in a can. Place the nozzle into the fence's hole, and then spray the insulation until it starts coming out from the hole. Wait for the foam to harden before you continue.

Smoothing

Once the foam insulation has completely hardened, your handsaw can be used to cut away the excess foam insulation. Your goal should be to make the foam flush with your vinyl fencing. When finished, use sandpaper to smooth down the surface.

Finishing

Use the plastic body-filling material to coat the area where the spray foam has been sanded down. The filler material will harden, and then you can sand it again until it is smooth. Wipe off the fence so that the surface is clean.

Apply the primer to the fence, allow it to dry, and apply one to two coats of paint to the fencing. If there are any imperfections that you notice, you can sand, prime, and paint once more.

Do all these steps seem a bit too complicated for you to do by yourself? Then consider hiring a fencing contractor such as Deck and Fence Services to do the repair work for you.

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