Wood fences make a great addition to any home. They can create privacy, security, add value to your property; and most of all, their rustic look makes any yard look more appealing. However, wood doesn’t last forever, and a wooden fence requires routine maintenance and care to keep it looking its best and functioning properly. If your fence is rotting, warping or falling down, it should be repaired and may need replacement.
Aside from being an eyesore, a broken fence can be a means of escape for a pet or child, can let in unwanted pests, and will no longer provide the privacy it may have been intended for. Additionally, if your fence is rotting or decaying, even a small amount of deterioration can lead to the collapse of a much larger portion, leaving your yard completely fenceless. Though it’s possible to repair or even replace a wood fence on your own, you need the right tools, expertise, and time to invest. In any event, the best option is to hire a professional fence contractor to ensure the job is done well and will last.
Initial Signs of Deterioration
Initial signs of stress on your fence include discoloration, splintering and warping. If you notice these, you should contact a professional fence contractor and replace the damaged panels before the decay spreads. If you live in a humid climate like Houston, it’s especially important to routinely seal your fence to prevent decay. If you don’t seal your fence and end up replacing damaged panels, it won’t look exactly the same as the remaining original panels.
When to Replace?
Your fence is usually the first thing people see when looking at your home. Whether you’re putting your home on the market or you’re just having guests over, a run-down fence is a turn off and gives people a bad impression. Additionally, some neighborhoods require fences to be properly maintained and repaired, as a dilapidated fence makes the whole neighborhood look bad.
If specific panels that are decaying can be removed, the best option is to replace those individual panels. However, if a larger portion needs repair, you may be better off replacing a whole side. If your fence has been neglected for some time and the damage is substantial, or your fence is aging and will not be able to hold up much longer, it’s probably time for a new fence.
Many people become sick of having to routinely repair and maintain their fence, and they don’t like the added costs of seasonal repainting and resealing. If you’re one of them, you may want to consider wood alternatives such as vinyl or composite fencing. These materials are made to look like wood and will save you the cost of hiring a painter. Though their initial cost is higher than wood, over time they will pay off because of their extra-long life.
Whether you are replacing a small number of panels or having a completely new fence installed, be sure to contact a professional who can provide quality workmanship.