A well-made and well-maintained fence is a beautiful and functional addition to any home. Over time, these fences can begin to fail. Usually, fences deteriorate slowly over many years. So, when is it time for a new fence?
In many cases, fences can be repaired. In fact, a reasonable amount of repair work should be considered part of proper maintenance, but a time will come when repairs just are not worth it anymore. It is not always an easy choice. Here are three signs that it may be time to replace your fence.
If you can see through any part of your wooden fence, you need repairs at the very least. If only one or two boards have holes, you might consider replacing just those boards. But if the holes are more widespread, they are probably indicative of more severe damage.
Even if you repair the affected boards, the presence of many holes and large gaps indicates that the fence, as a whole, is losing its integrity. The same UV rays that affect humans can degrade your wood fence over time. The most common effect of UV rays is bleaching, in which a fence starts to lose its color and slowly fades to a light gray color. But the color change is just the most visible effect. As a fence grays, it also dries out and loses structural integrity. If your fence has turned colors, make sure to look for other weaknesses and signs of damage.
Many steel fences are coated with special materials to resist rust. Even so, it is recommended to do an annual inspection for rust spots because these coatings can wear off over time. Catching the rust early will greatly extend the life of your fence. Ignore the early signs of rust at your own risk!
After the inspection, rust spots must be sanded to remove the rust and then painted with rust-resistant paint. Some amount of rust is inevitable and can be spot treated. But extensive rust is a sign that it is time for a new fence. Too many repairs can also make a fence look splotchy. If your fence is showing signs of rust across the whole fence, it may be time to give in and build a new fence. Next time, we would recommend you consider using aluminum fencing which does not rust and looks almost identical in most cases.
If your fence is doing anything other than standing up straight, it is time to consider a new fence. In most cases, by the time a fence is leaning, it is too late for repairs. There are a few reasons a fence might lean. If a fence is leaning, something is usually wrong with the posts. Posts hold the fence in place and are typically anchored into the ground with cement over a gravel base. The cement holds the posts upright, but the cement itself is poured into a hole in the ground. If the ground shifts, the whole cement footing and the post it holds can tilt. Usually, this cannot be repaired without considerable trouble. When a repair like this is necessary, the fence itself is usually also in trouble.
If you find yourself needing to replace your existing fence, please consider JDH Decks and Fencing. We have all types of fences for just about every need. Our 2 most popular types of fencing in situations like this are our aluminum fencing and our vinyl fencing - because both of them come with lifetime warranties!
Never replace your fence again!
We partner with ActiveYards for our aluminum fencing because they provide some of the highest-quality fencing materials on the market. Their fences not only look great but are incredibly durable and reliable.
If you want to be sure that your new fence is installed correctly, give us a call. We'll come out and do a site inspection to provide an accurate estimate. If you do have neighbors, we recommend notifying them before starting on this project so that they can plan accordingly. Also, warning them can help prevent any potential disputes over property lines and other concerns.We offer a variety of residential and commercial fencing services, as well as deck services. We strive for the highest level of customer satisfaction through our quality products and installation services. Give us a call at (912) 748-1907 or visit our website at jdhdecksandfences.com to request a free estimate today.
JDH has been family-owned & operated, and working to serve our customers in the region for many years. We have an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality and affordable aluminum, vinyl, wood and chain-link residential and commercial fences. If you have any questions or are ready to get started with your own fence, contact us today.
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