Summer is still here, and so is the soaring temperature. It has been warm. As a homeowner, you would like to make sure that you, your family, as well as your pets (if you have any), stay cool during these warm summer days. That is why this blog post will focus on the fencing options that help to reduce heat when the temperature is climbing high on that thermometer. Or will not get damaged due to the hot temperatures.
As you may be aware, COLORBOND® steel is produced by BlueScope Steel. They are using a new Thermatech® technology to produce Colorbond steel for fencing and roofing purposes. What is Thermatech® technology? Well, it is simply a new level of thermal protection. With this new technology, Colorbond steel absorbs less heat from the sun, thus, having a lower surface temperature.
What are some of the advantages of using this new technology? The thermal performance (solar reflectance) of the COLORBOND® steel has improved across the entire colour range. Meaning, even darker Colorbond steel fences will have a lower surface temperature.
Fencing option: Vinyl fencing
Another suitable fencing option, if you are concerned about the temperature effect on the fencing, is vinyl fencing. In this case, we are not focusing on the surface temperature, but on the effect that temperature changes have on the fencing.
Vinyl fencing does not expand during the heat and will not contract in the cold. Why is this beneficial? Because continuous expansion and contractions due to the changing temperature will cause a gradual stress on the structural components of the fencing, such as posts. Thus, damaging the fence in the long run.
Furthermore, vinyl does not conduct heat well. Hence, on a hot summer day, the vinyl fencing will not heat up.
Chain link fencing is an acceptable fencing option when it comes to heat and warm summer days. As vinyl fencing, chain link fencing does not contract and expand during temperature changes. However, it can get quite hot when exposed to the sun.
One way to avoid that is to use a PVC-coated chain link instead of simply galvanized one.
Possibly not the best choice: wooden fencing
While wooden fences offer aesthetically pleasant classical look, they may not be ideal for hot summer days. Unlike chain link fencing and vinyl fencing, this fencing option does contract and expand when the temperature changes. As a result, the structural posts and footings will be under pressure and may eventually crack. The cracks will absorb the moisture and can cause further damages to the fence.
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