top of page


yellow leaf on a chain link fence

Protecting your property is important, and as the saying goes, you often get what you pay for. Therefore, it may be wise to invest a bit more to ensure that your fence is of high quality. This is especially true if you need to keep unauthorized individuals off your commercial property or if the fence is intended for safety purposes.

Depending on your company's requirements, you may have areas that need to be completely secure, making it crucial to have durable and reliable fencing.

It's possible that you have different types of fences on your property, and some may be more susceptible to damage during the colder months than others.

In this guide, we'll discuss the types of damage that can occur during winter and provide tips on how to check for them. Keep reading to learn more.


Commercial fences are fully exposed to the elements, and if they are not adequately protected, they are likely to rust. There are various fencing materials available, and fences made of iron or iron alloys are particularly susceptible to rust.

However, these metals are otherwise excellent for chain-link fences, and adding a protective coating before installing the fence can be a wise decision.

Rust is easily noticeable, and in severe cases, replacing old fences may be the only option. Rust is more common at the bottom of chain-link fences, where water can accumulate on the ground.

Therefore, when inspecting your fence, pay close attention to areas where more water gathers. Galvanizing a fence with a material like zinc can help prevent rust, so this is something you should consider when installing a fence.

Changes in Position

The quality of the fence installation process will have an impact on its durability. A well-installed fence will be better able to withstand adverse weather conditions. Therefore, it's advisable to choose a reputable commercial fencing company, as this will reduce the likelihood of problems arising in the future.

Canada experiences extremely cold winters, and severe weather can impact the terrain itself. The wet-dry cycle can cause soil to expand and contract, causing fences in the ground to shift during the winter months. Freezing and thawing can also cause this issue, making winter the most challenging time of year.

When a fence is first installed, it should be perfectly vertical. After winter, inspect the fence to ensure that it is still perfectly straight. This issue can also occur during other seasons, so it's a good idea to periodically check the fence throughout the year.

Worn/Missing Links

A commercial fence with damaged or missing links will not have the necessary structural integrity. Both rust and strong winds can cause this problem, so after winter, you should inspect your fences to ensure that all the links are still in good condition. It's worth noting that this issue can occur at other times due to collisions or attempted break-ins.

Replacing a single missing or damaged link is a relatively straightforward task. However, if you have significant gaps where many links are missing, it may be time to replace your fence altogether.

Coating Erosion

Even when a fence is coated, erosion can occur. The effects will be accelerated if there's any damage to the coating, as it won't offer as much protection as it should.

You can re-coat sections, but the same erosion problems will likely return within a few years. A replacement will help solve this so that the erosion doesn't come back.

Erosion isn't always obvious, so having a fence professionally inspected can be a good idea. A professional will also be able to spot any other issues that may be present so you can take action if needed.

Commercial Fencing for Your Property

Commercial fencing is needed if you want to restrict access to your property. You want to ensure it's in a good state at all times and replace it when necessary.

Urban Fence offers chain link fencing in Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville. We can handle installation and repairs to help keep your commercial property secure. Request a free quote, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can so you can get an idea of how much your new fence will cost.


bottom of page