Lots of people have a fence in their yard for a variety of different reasons. Whether its purpose is to keep pets from escaping, to add a bit of privacy, for security or just as part of the décor, fences are a great way to add a point of difference to your yard!
If you have a wooden fence around your yard or property, then with proper upkeep and maintenance it can last for up to 12 years if it is made of untreated lumber. However, if it is made of pressure treated lumber, then you can get up to 30 years or even more from your fence! Proper maintenance will help to preserve your fence in the long run, but it can’t always protect your fence from needing repairing at some stage.
Why fences need repairing
One of the main reasons that fences need repairing is due to problems caused by weather. Severe weather like heavy rainfall, snowstorms, harsh winds and salt air can all cause degradation of your fence, or can even cause parts of the fence to break entirely.
Another few common reasons that your fence may need repairing are if a vehicle has damaged the fence, vandals have destroyed your fence or there has been an insect infestation to the wood.
What common repairs need carrying out
- If your fence is suffering from wet or dry rot, then the infected area needs to be cut out entirely with a saw, and either patched or replace with new lumber to prevent the rot from spreading.
- Rusted nails or popped nails which are sticking out of your fence will need replacing to prevent them from causing injury or snagging your clothes.
- Sometimes due to dampness or other weather conditions, your fence can sag, or become wobbly. If this does occur, then you need to support the sag with a brace or tension rod immediately.
- The posts of your fence can sometimes sag due to either the post itself (if it has rotten) or the hole that it is placed in (if it is too big), and if this is a problem for your fence, then you need to either fill in the hole with crushed stone or concrete if it is too big, or replace the rotten post if needed.
What maintenance should I be doing?
Fence maintenance is the best way to get the most from your fence, and with only a few regular checks and procedures, you will be able to keep your fence in tip-top shape!
Make sure that your sprinkler system avoids your fence as this can cause damp, clear off any leaves and vines that may fall or grown on your fence, and regularly pressure wash and varnish your fence to keep it looking good and treated well.
Why is fence repair so important?
Regardless of the reason for why your fence needs repaired, proper and timely repair and maintenance are really important to keep the integrity of your fence as a whole. If you don’t repair the fence immediately, then this will lead to other problems such as rot, damp and decay, and you may find that your entire fence needs to be thrown away, and a new fence needs installed, which is a cost that is unnecessary as a simple repair could have solved the issue.
With such a great lifespan and the protective and aesthetic properties of a fence, they really are a great investment if you maintain and repair them correctly when needed.
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