Chain link fences are some of the most reliable, long-lasting fences you can buy, but at some point even a chain link fence will need to be replaced. Whether it’s been a really long time, damage was done by outside circumstances, or it wasn’t put in right to begin with, here are 3 signs to let you know whether or not it’s time to replace your fence.
If you start to notice that your chain link fence is covered in rust it’s probably too late to fix your fence. If it’s covered in rust then the fence itself has become too weakened to hold up against anything pushing against it or even a strong wind blowing. Therefore rust removes the security that fences like this offer.
If you have multiple posts broken off or bent in you will need to replace your fence. This often happens by car impact or severe weather damage. The posts are the main stability for the fence. You can replace a post maybe two but if there are a few posts damaged, the fence itself will most likely need replacing. The post wearing down likely is a sign of aging and the fence isn’t much better. Add to that a post bending will lead to the fence no longer being tight and could thus end up pulling the entire fence down with it.
The links that make up the diamond patterned holes are what give a chain link fence its strength. Over time with weather, or kids and pets running into it, those links may begin to stretch and widen over time. This can also be caused by missing links that have broken off over time. This weakens the entire fence. One or two spots can be fixed, but too many more than that is a sign that you’re better off replacing the whole fence.
Chain link fences can last decades but they are not indestructible. Unfortunately, there will come a time you will have to replace it and hopefully these tips can save you from spending your money and time trying to fix a fence that is too far gone.