It's a good time to take a walk around the property and see if Mother Nature has left any surprises from winter and spring storms. Take the time to inspect your fence for damage. It could be anything from loose, wobbly posts to broken or missing boards. If you run your eye along the fence line, does it look straight or wavy?
If there’s damage to your fence or even if it’s just getting shoddier each year, you may be thinking it’s time to replace the fence altogether. That’s a perfectly reasonable option, though keep in mind there are others which may better fit your budget. The good thing about wood fencing is that it is modular in nature, which means it is not too difficult to repair. Pieces and entire sections can be replaced while blending in with the rest of the fence. Unless your needs have changed, where a different type of fence is required, there may still be something you can do to keep what you have.
If your fence is structurally sound but needs a little cosmetic help, consider pressure washing it; followed by a coat of paint or stain. Of the two, stains provide more protection and ease of maintenance since they absorb deeper into the wood. Paint may be a cheaper approach, but it won’t last as long as stain and will eventually chip or peel. With the variety of tinted stains available, it makes them an even more attractive option.
Are all of the posts sound and straight, but you’d still like to replace your fence? As long as your next fence line and height will remain the same, why not simply remove the panels and keep your existing posts? You’ll save a lot of time and money by not needing to purchase new posts and dig new holes.
Along your walk, you may have encountered any of the following problems with your fence:
- Loose posts may be due to wind, physical force, heaving and settling of the ground, or rot. If you suspect the post is rotted, it is recommended to replace it with a treated one. Undamaged posts can be properly reset into the ground. A concrete foundation is recommended to ensure it won’t happen again.
- Fallen panels or sections are usually due to shifting ground, which results in heaved or loose posts --unless something more obvious like a fallen tree or other object is present. The post may need to be replaced and reset. Replace any damaged rails or panels if needed.
- Missing boards can be replaced as needed. In most cases, a match can be found. Once the fencing is repainted or stained, the repairs will blend in seamlessly.
- Cracks and holes can be repaired by either gluing with waterproof glue or filling with an exterior grade wood filler.
Maybe your fence simply doesn’t fit your needs anymore and you want to replace it regardless of its present condition. Now is the time to explore the many options of fencing materials available. If you expand your budget, the choices increase quite a bit. Today’s options include wood, vinyl, concrete, chainlink, aluminum, iron, and even glass.
It’s a known fact that a good looking fence can enhance the curb appeal of your home --but the inverse is true as well. A shabby fence can make an otherwise attractive home look less appealing.
If you need to repair your fence or would like to know what new fencing options fit your budget, call on our friendly staff for quick, knowledgeable answers. We’ll be happy to help you keep surrounded by good fences. As for good neighbors? We’ll keep our fingers crossed.