If you’ve had your fence for many years, it will likely need repairs at some point. However, if your fence is very damaged and needs more than a fresh coat of paint, it may be the right choice to replace it. This is an important decision, and homeowners should take the time to evaluate their fence and decide what is the best choice. Continue reading for some help on how to decide when to repair your fence or when to fully replace it.
There are a few fence problems that can be fixed with easy repairs and don’t require investing in a new fence. Common wood fence problems may include discoloration, warping, or splintering. If you notice any of these issues with your wooden fence, be sure to carefully inspect the posts to determine the cause of damage. You may be able to mitigate the problem with a solution like redirecting pooling water or extermining wood destroying insects that are causing the damage. These issues can be repaired quite easily by patching small holes or cracks with wood filler. However, for warping for more severe damage, you may need to replace the affected boards and rails.
Vinyl fences are essentially maintenance-free, but some damage can occur from natural elements such as heavy snow or if it was hit by a large branch or piece of debris. The biggest threat to vinyl is cracking, and if you see a crack in a fence panel, you must replace the affected area. Of course, this doesn’t mean replacing your whole fence, but it could be an individual vinyl picket or the section of fence panel between posts.
Replacing Your Fence
If you find any fence repairs too daunting and have the budget for a new fence, you always have the option of replacing it. Sometimes, old fences require too many repairs and maintenance, for the amount of money spent on repairs you might as well invest in a new fence that will last many years. If you’re not sure when to stop repairs and finally get a new fence, a good rule of thumb is that if you have to replace over 20% of the fence panels or picket, it’s time to replace it.
Of course, damage isn’t the only reason why you may want to replace your fence. If your fence is not providing you with enough privacy or doesn’t add any visual appeal to your property, there is nothing wrong with wanting to replace it. With proper maintenance, a new fence can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years depending on the material, so it is always a great investment!
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