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Fence Repair or Replacement: How to Make Your Decision

A rotting wood fence

Depending on the damages to your fence, you should repair fence parts or replace the entire perimeter.

Hercules Fence has seen a variety of fence conditions in our 50-plus years of business. No matter what material your fence is made of—wood, chain link, or vinyl—there may come a time when that fence needs a repair. If the damage is severe enough, you may need to replace it altogether. How can you tell when your fence needs a repair or an entire replacement? Read our tips below to spot the signs that indicate you need a fence repair or fence replacement. 

Wood Fence Replacement

Wood fences that are old or poorly maintained may develop rotten wood. There are major consequences that can come from a rotten fence, including: 

  • A rotting fence can create an opening that allows small animals, or even children, into and out of your yard
  • A fence with rot ruins the aesthetics of your property
  • If your fence develops large holes, this limits your privacy
  • A small rotting area compromises the stability of the entire fence and can lead to larger areas of rot developing

The only way to repair a rotting fence is to replace the rotten wood. Consider your budget and how much wood needs to be replaced to determine if it is more cost-effective to replace sections or the entire fence. Hercules Fence recommends investing in a new fence altogether and taking steps to maintain it carefully from the beginning to avoid wood rot and damages.

Vinyl Fence Repair

Vinyl is a generally more low-maintenance material for fences, but it can still be prone to some damages. Particularly during the winter, vinyl fences can become cracked or damaged from heavy snowfall or heavy tree limbs and lawn machinery colliding with the fence. 

You can repair vinyl fences by replacing the affected areas. Depending on your style of vinyl fence, this can mean replacing a panel or individual picket on your fence. For the aesthetic damages such as these, you can repair your fence by replacing only small sections instead of purchasing a new fence. 

Damaged Fence Materials

Squeaky hinges or gates that are out of alignment with your fence are common problems for aging fences. However, if the other parts of the fence are in good working order, you likely only need to upgrade the individual pieces that are causing trouble. If the hardware that requires replacement is especially expensive to replace, you can consider upgrading the entire fence, which will give you more years without damage and give your property’s appearance a touch-up. 

Always Maintain Your Fence

Hercules Fence strongly recommends taking the time to perform fence maintenance regularly and to prepare your fence for every new season and its weather. Taking the extra time to keep your fence in good condition saves you time and money on both repairs and replacements in the future. 

Residential Fences for Your Home from Hercules Fence DC

Hercules Fence DC has been providing homeowners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. We have extensive experience working with families and pet owners to keep the most important members of their home safe, so call us today about installing a new pet fence for your family. Contact us by giving us a call at 301-441-1600 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.

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