How to Pick a Fence That Withstands High Winds

Here in Atlanta, spring has sprung, and summer squalls are not far behind. While we don’t have the same threat of hurricanes as our neighbors to the south, we certainly get our share of windy storms. If you’re planning on a new fence, it’s worth considering how your fence will stand up to the annual onslaught of windy summer storms. While no fence is 100% windproof, a little planning can help you choose a fence that withstands high winds better than most.

A Wooden Privacy Fence That Withstands High Winds

Wooden privacy fences are one of our most popular fences. They are standard for residential backyards, and for a good reason. A wooden privacy fence looks good, and when installed properly, it can last a long time. The downside of a privacy fence is that it doesn’t have any gaps. This is great for privacy, but not so great if you want a fence that withstands high winds. A solid fence is like a sail in the wind, and it will take the brunt of the highest wind gusts. But there are ways to maximize the strength of your wooden privacy fence.

One way to maximize the strength of your fence is to strengthen the posts. The posts are the pillars that hold up the rest of your fence. The worst thing you can do is to place wooden posts directly into the ground. Wooden posts that directly contact soil are highly susceptible to rot. A post with a rotted base won’t stand up well to high winds. A better solution is to use a concrete footing. The old way of doing this is to dig a hole, fill it with concrete, and stick the post into the concrete. The problem with that is that water can get trapped between the post and the concrete, leading the post to rot. The modern method is to pour a concrete base and install a bracket in the base that will hold the post.

Other Wooden Fences and Wind

Another option to build a wooden fence that withstands high winds is to avoid a 100% solid fence. Picket fences stand up to wind better than solid fences since the wind can blow freely between the pickets. If you’re after privacy, there are some options that maximize privacy but still allow gaps. Contact Bravo Fencing Company to learn more about your options.

Whatever type of wooden fence you build, using a harder wood will be more sturdy. Bravo Fence offers cedar fences. Cedar is a hardwood and stands up well to water, pests, and even wind.

Metal and Chain Link Fences and High Winds

Metal fences stand up well to high winds because they are usually constructed with thin pickets with wide spaces between them. A typical steel or aluminum fence allows wind to blow right through it, with little damage to the fence. These fences offer classic beauty and great endurance in a windstorm. But they offer little in terms of privacy. Steel and aluminum fences work best as decorative and security fences.

Chain link fences are also able to withstand high winds. In a windstorm, high wind gusts blow right through the chain link, causing little or no damage. Chain link is not usually the first material to come to mind for residential fences. But modern chain link offers much more than the plain metal commercial chain link most people are familiar with. Vinyl coatings can soften the hard lines of chain link and offer a variety of colors. It is also possible to paint chain link, allowing a nearly endless variety of color options.

Building a Vinyl Fence That Withstands High Winds

Vinyl is an excellent material for building a privacy fence that can stand up to high winds. Like any privacy fence, a vinyl fence will take the brunt of the wind head-on. But unlike wood, vinyl has some give, and can even warp slightly without breaking.

In many cases, vinyl is cheaper than wood. It is also much more durable and low-maintenance. Because it is not an organic material, it is impervious to rot and pests. It also does not rust like metal fences. Modern vinyl fences have come a long way and can look nearly identical to wood fences. If you are looking for a combination of value pricing and high wind resistance, vinyl is a great option.

Selecting the Right Fence Company

Ultimately, much of your fence’s ability to withstand high winds depends on proper installation. A poorly installed fence of any type is much more likely to be toppled by a wind gust. At Bravo Fence, our installers have years of experience and don’t cut corners. With quality materials and top-notch installation, our fences are among the top performers in their categories. No fence is 100% windproof, but a Bravo Fence Company fence will give you the best performance for your money. Contact Bravo Fence today for your free quote.


In conclusion, as Atlanta embraces the arrival of spring and anticipates the upcoming summer storms, the consideration of fence durability becomes paramount. While the city may not face the same hurricane threats as its southern neighbors, the prevalence of windy storms necessitates thoughtful fence selection.

Wooden privacy fences, though famous for their aesthetic appeal, present challenges in windy conditions due to their solid structure acting like a sail. However, by reinforcing the posts with modern methods like concrete footings and brackets and exploring alternatives like picket fences that allow wind to pass through, the strength of a wooden wall can be significantly enhanced.

Crucially, the success of any fence in high winds hinges on proper installation. Bravo Fence Company, with its experienced installers and commitment to quality materials, ensures top-notch performance in various fence categories. While acknowledging that no fence is entirely windproof, choosing Bravo Fence guarantees optimal value for money. For those contemplating a new fence that can weather storms, contact Bravo Fence today for a free quote and secure a durable and reliable solution. Take the first step towards a resilient fence by visiting Bravo Fence Company today.


Why is it important to consider wind resistance when planning a new fence in Atlanta?

While Atlanta may not face hurricane threats like its southern neighbors, the city experiences its fair share of windy storms during spring and summer. Considering wind resistance is crucial to ensure your fence can withstand these annual challenges.

What makes wooden privacy fences susceptible to wind damage?

Wooden privacy fences, while aesthetically pleasing, lack gaps, making them act like sails in the wind. This solid structure can take the brunt of high wind gusts.

How can I maximize the strength of my wooden privacy fence?

To enhance the strength of your wooden fence, reinforce the posts by avoiding direct contact with soil. Instead, use a concrete footing with a modern bracket installation to prevent post rot caused by trapped water.

Are there alternatives to solid wooden fences that can withstand high winds?

Yes, opting for picket fences or other designs that allow wind to pass through can provide better resistance to high winds. For personalized options, it’s advisable to consult with Bravo Fencing Company.

What type of wood is recommended for sturdier fences?

Choosing harder woods, such as cedar, significantly increases the sturdiness of your fence. Bravo Fence offers cedar fences known for their durability against water, pests, and wind.

How do metal and chain link fences fare in high winds?

Metal fences, particularly steel or aluminum, with thin pickets and vast spaces, excel in withstanding high winds. Chain link fences, when modernized with vinyl coatings and various color options, also offer excellent wind resistance.

Is vinyl a good option for high wind resistance?

Yes, vinyl fences are an excellent choice. They can absorb the impact of high winds, with some flexibility to warp slightly without breaking. Additionally, vinyl is durable, low-maintenance, and impervious to rot and pests.


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