Are you thinking about replacing an existing fence on your farm? Maybe you’re “on the fence” about it. It’s sometimes tough to make the call whether to repair or replace. If your farm fence falls into one of these three categories, it’s a good sign that you should replace it with a new one.
Is There Noticeable Damage?
Probably the most obvious example, if your fence is clearly broken or decaying, you should get a new one. Sometimes the damage is in a small enough area that you can repair it, but if you’re looking at a significant investment in repairs, it may be more cost effective in the long run to just get a new fence. Keep in mind that there was something that caused your fence to break down; if you just patch it, chances are the problem will show up again, either at the same spot or in a different one.
Is the Fence Old?
Even if you don’t see any disrepair, if your fence has got some age on it, you might want to consider replacing it. This is particularly true for fence materials that are less durable, like wood. If you have a large property, even if you’ve gone through and checked the fence for damage, you might have missed something, and an older fence is more likely to have problems than a new one. It’s not a bad investment to get something that you know will hold up. Consider investing in materials that won’t require a lot of maintenance and will stand the test of time– if so, you’ll have your new fence for years to come.
Are You Bringing in New Animals?
If you’ve kept cows all your life and never had problems with your fence, that might change if you decide that you want to get some goats or sheep. Different animals have different abilities as escape artists, and what works for one won’t necessarily work for others. If you’re planning on expanding your farm by getting a new kind of animal, you’ll probably need a new fence. It’s better to err on the side of caution and get the new fence than to find that all of your animals have broken out of the old one.
While there are certainly good reasons to keep an existing fence, we think that these three situations are ones that call for a new fence. Visit us today for a quote and we’ll help you figure out what kind of fence is best for you and your farm.