Wooden fences are a great option for many backyards, as they provide privacy, shade, and help to keep pets contained. For this reason, as well as their affordability compared to other fencing options, wooden fences are among the most popular among homeowners. However, over time, wooden fences can be susceptible to deterioration and weathering, and will eventually have to be replaced. This often leads homeowners to question how they will know whether their fence can be repaired, or whether they need new fencing installed. Luckily, your fence will exhibit visual signs of deterioration, and the more signs it shows, the more likely it is that it will need replacement. Here are a few of the signs you can look out for that can indicate that you may be in need of fencing repairs or replacement. Submit your request online and get up to 3 FREE Estimates from Fence Installers today.
One sign of fence damage that you should be on the lookout for are signs that can indicate insect damage such as holes in your fence, as well as visible signs of burrowing or gnawing. While limited insect damage can be repaired, extensive damage could indicate a large infestation that has likely compromised the structural integrity of your fence. A professional will be able to help you to determine your best course of action, however, if the damage is extensive you will want to be prepared to replace the entire fence.
Signs of Rotting
While wooden fences provide a classic, rustic look that is timeless, even weather-treated wood is susceptible to rotting over time. Rotting can cause your fence to begin to look deteriorated, and will eventually cause it to lose its form. However, if caught early, the rotted section of fencing can be removed and replaced preventing the rotting from spreading to your entire fence. Unfortunately, if the rotting has spread, it is likely that your fence has been weakened beyond repair and will need to be replaced.
An easy sign to look out for that can indicate that your fence is damaged beyond repair is visible signs splitting and/or splintering boards. Even if your fence looks structurally sound and is still standing upright, board damage can indicate that your fence has aged and needs replacement. Fences that have begun to split or splinters have weakened significantly and will likely begin to sag or fall soon. This makes these fences dangerous, and it is best to have them replaced as soon as possible. Need to repair some panels? Get it down today: Submit your request on www.Adopt-a-Contractor.com
Your Fence is Sagging
Another easily spotted sign of fence failure is if your fence appears to be sagging in places. It may be that some of the boards and posts have warped over time due to age and weather exposure. Simply replacing these pieces may fix the problem. However, if damaged and/or rotting boards have caused the sagging, or the sagging is extensive throughout the majority of your fence, replacement may be your best option. A professional contractor can help you to determine what the best course of action will be for your fence, whether this entails fence repair or full fence replacement.
Your fence serves an important role by maintaining your privacy and security, as well as by helping to contain any pets you may have. It is important to be aware of the condition of your fence so that you can have it repaired or replaced should it become damaged. If you believe that your fence is damaged and are unsure what you should do next, contact us. HomeProHire is an online web-based service that is easy to use and empowers the homeowner to easily manage any home renovation project, including fencing repairs without risk.