When something’s wrong with your car, it tells you with dashboard alerts or even terrible noises. The same can be said for your home. You know quickly if there’s an issue with the plumbing or if a window is broken, but what about something that’s less obvious? Your home’s fences do more than just separate your property from your neighbor’s. They provide your first layer of protection and privacy by providing a defined line of trespassing as well as keep your pets and children safely contained in your yard. How can you tell when your old fence has served its purpose and it’s time to be replaced? Don’t wait until your fence completely collapses to deal with any issues! Here are tell-tell signs your fence may need to be replaced.
Rotting or Warped Wood
Georgia’s humid weather can cause serious damage to certain fences over time. Whether they are metal or wood, fences are exposed to the rains and winds of our sometimes-temperamental weather pattern year-round. Fortunately, we have wooden fencing that stands up better than ever to the elements, with longer lasting pressure treated wood and durable staining products, but even sealed wood can eventually begin to succumb to the moisture, rotting, and warping as it ages. These signs of aging may only appear to affect certain areas of your fencing, but it’s likely the rest will follow shortly.
Broken or Missing Planks
Storm damage and accidents may cause structural damage to your fence. Of course, this is an aesthetic issue that lowers the curb appeal of you home and is unsightly for your neighbors, but it can also be a security issue. Pets and small children may be injured by jagged edges or splinters, or worse, they could slip through breaks in the fence if the space is large enough. Holes or missing planks can also compromise the entire fence’s structure. While patches may work temporarily, they should not be used as permanent solutions.
If any of accidents or weather has left your fence bent, leaning, or broken, replace it as soon as possible. Removing a fence that’s more a hazard than a help can keep you and your family safe and your privacy protected.
Termite and Insect Damage
Termites and other insects are major pests during south Georgia’s humid summers. While most homeowners understand the threat posed to a house’s infrastructure, our wooden fences maybe overlooked. Holes in the wood, live or dead termites found around the perimeter, and termite mounds are sure signs of infestations. Addressing these issues should be the first priority. Once the termites are exterminated, replacing your fence should be next on the list because existing insect damage can make it susceptible to secondary issues.
Repairs are Too Costly
Sometimes the cost of continually repairing a fence exceeds the cost of full replacement. Maintenance costs can quickly add up. In the long run, getting a replacement instead of keeping up with repairs will likely save you money.
So if this is you, give Central Fence a call at 800-221-6425 for a free estimate today! Our experts can help guide you in this process and can recommend a variety of fences that will suit your family’s needs. We have four, convenient locations to serve you. We are a local business that supports our local communities!