While you’re doing spring cleaning around your yard this year, you might see that your fence is looking a little rough. A good washing might do the trick but if it’s still looking dreary and haphazard after the suds wash off, you have a couple of choices. Should you repair the breaks and mend the drooping parts of the fence or is it going to take a whole new fence to spruce up your yard? Here’s how to tell.
To determine if you might need to repair your fence or spring for a new one, we should look at what sort of fence you have and what the problem might be.
Wooden fences are known for having common problems occur. Mostly, this is due to weather, maintenance, and other outside factors like termites or insects. Because wood is a natural product, it reacts to the elements and can become buckled, warped, chipped, hole-ridden, etc. This might turn you off from having a wooden fence, but luckily, it’s very easy to repair one by simply replacing individual posts or slats. It won’t be necessary to replace the entire fence unless more than half of the fence is in need of repair.
Vinyl fencing has the benefit of looking similar to a wooden fence while bring a little bit of extra sturdiness to the table. Vinyl is just as low maintenance as wood but isn’t susceptible to insects or water damage like wooden fencing options. Low quality vinyl, however, can become brittle in a matter of years or may become discolored. While stains may be easily removed with just a little soap and water, discoloration, especially on a white vinyl fence, may never be fully removed and can look unsightly. Usually, this will occur to the whole fence and if you just can’t get your vinyl fence looking brand new or sturdier, it might be time to invest in a new one.
Wear and tear on an ornamental fence can cause warping or for sections to become weak. If this is the case, it’s a simple repair to cut and secure the new section into the place of a broken one. Because our fences are not iron and are instead aluminum, repair can be quickly accomplished if only a small section is in need. Another benefit of our ornamental fences is that they don’t rust easily, allowing for less maintenance on your part and a longer lasting fence.
Chain link fencing does have the ability to rust, so continuous maintenance is important to both stave off rust and to quickly identify it when it occurs to get it repaired. If your chain link fence does accumulate rust, professional fence contractors (like us) have a few tricks up their sleeves to get that taken care of.
Any type of fence you have will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. It’s up to you to know which one. Contact us today for more information or our advice on if your fence needs a little tune-up or needs to be replaced.