Residents in mountain areas have always been affected by the risk of snow slides, in the winter. The need to live alongside this continual threat has led to various attempts to reduce it by building complex systems of artificial structures. These artificial structures are necessary because deforestation and the development of tourism in these regions have led to a reduction in natural barriers that stop snow slides. Also, the intense traffic in these regions implies an increase in security requirements, to protect ski resorts, residential areas, roads and railways.
Snow fences greatly reduce the risk of snow slides. Snow expert residential fencing Denver contractors design them to stabilize the snow, prevent it from reaching certain areas, and even stop avalanches, where this risk exists.
When installing a snow fence, you have to take into account certain aspects.
- Decide on the areas you must protect from snow slides
- Study the direction and intensity of the predominant winter winds
- Determine the best distance between the snow fence and the area that needs to be protected. A fence installed too closely will only make things worse
- Carefully select the height of the fence. As a general rule, a 2.4 meter snow fence will protect an area of up to 74 centimeters annual snow fall.
- Consider multiple rows of fences if needed
- Dig holes for fence posts deep enough to bury 1/3 of the height of the post; this ensures the resistance of the fence to wind and the weight of the snow.