Our area of Georgia is home to many working farms, including everything from a residential home with a few pigs to commercial land with dozens of cows. A big part of farming involves keeping your animals safe, healthy, and fed. All of these require a quality fence. Sure, you had a fence installed originally, but if that was years ago, it could be time for a replacement. A fence is too important to ignore if it’s in need of attention, so if you identify with any of these, it may be time to call Central Fence.
Animals are Getting Loose
Some animals are just hard to keep in. Many farmers agree that goats are probably one of the hardest livestock to keep confined if you do not have proper fencing. They challenge even the most experienced farmers, because they are always searching for a vulnerable spot in the fence- and often find it! But if you have livestock that isn’t making it their mission to escape, like a horse, but you still find them wandering, your fence has some serious weak spots.
A Big Storm Just Passed
Just last year, our area was in the path of a major hurricane. Even during years without a named storm, particularly rough thunderstorms can damage or totally remove large sections of your fence. Once the wind and rain have died down, take the time to travel the perimeter of your fence and check for vulnerability.
You Chose a Cheap Original Fence
In some cases, there’s a need to replace a fence when it’s not properly installed or inferior materials are used to build the original fence. It’s possible when you installed your fence originally, you opted for lower-quality material to save money. If this is the case, less time will pass before you need it redone. Not all wood is created equal and if you bought a lower-grade piece of wood to build a fence, you will replace it sooner than when you deal with a company that stands behind their work, like Central Fence. This is also true of chain link and aluminum fencing.
Your Needs have Changed
Often, when you buy a farm with an existing fence, the original homeowner had a set of needs that may not match your present ones. For example, if you moved into a home with a three-foot tall picket fence around a garden area that will now house chickens, you will want to replace that fence with something taller and a bit sturdier.
It’s Been 20 Years
One of the most important questions to ask when deciding if it’s time to replace your fence is simply “how old is it?” Whether coated or uncoated, chain link typically lasts between 15 and 20 years. This can be shortened by particularly tough wear and tear or slightly lengthened by vinyl coating while wood fences last about 10 years and vinyl much longer. If your fence has lasted a good long time, it might be time to let a new one take over the work.
The best way to know for sure whether your farm needs a new fence is to bring in Georgia’s fencing experts, Central Fence. We offer a free estimate to help you decide if a new fence is needed and fits into your budget. But don’t delay, proper fencing is a requirement for the protection and safe keeping of your animals.