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Should I Repair or Replace my Fence?


It is not every day the thought of replacing your fence crosses your mind. It may be something you’ve been meaning to get around to but failed to find the time. Fencing offers your family privacy, security and peace of mind knowing your pets and young children are kept from escaping the yard and protected from intruders.

Unfortunately, fences don’t last forever. If you’re questioning whether to repair or replace your fence, you are not alone.

Here are the five key questions you should be asking yourself to determine whether you need to replace or repair your fence:

Is there visible damage?

If your fence has been standing for many years, light wear and tear is expected. It is important to keep your eyes looking for any damage that may appear over time. This may appear as rotting wood, warped wood, loose posts or notable damage such holes or breaks from exterior obstructions. 

Over time your fence may deteriorate or warp, this is common. Taking a close look at the severity of the damage will help you determine whether you need to repair it totally replace the fence. Noting changes in your fence early on may help distinguish an issue sooner and save you from having greater problem in the future by having a professional share their knowledge with you. 

Here are some of the things you should be calling a professional fencing contractor for, depending on your fence type:

Wood damage

Holes 

Holes in a wooden fence can be caused by moisture or insects and are often repairable by a fencing professional.

Unsteady posts

This can be caused by rotting wood below the ground or poor installation. This is a highly important time to contact a professional fencing contractor as loose posts can cause the fence to collapse and hurt someone. In the case of a storm, this can also pull the rest of the fence from the ground and further damage your property.

Vinyl fence damage

Holes and cracks

Any physical damage such as a hole or crack in vinyl fences will need to be removed and replaced by a fencing professional. If the damage is minor, some cases may mean only a section needs to be replaced. Due to being cost-effective, replacing vinyl fencing panels is a lesser cost than installing a new fence.

Steel / Aluminium fence damage

Warping

Repairing steel or aluminium fencing is something you may need to consider if the fence appears warped from an incident.

If your fence has noticeable warping, it is best to contact a professional fencing specialist who can assess and repair the damage. In some cases, you may need to only replace a section or rail of your fence. 

Change in terrain

Aluminium and steel fences are durable, although they may need maintenance over time. The changes in the soil holding in the posts can impact the longevity of your fence. When the soil below your fence shifts, your fence posts will become unstable. When an aluminium or steel fence is unsteady, this is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed by a fencing professional.

 

Need a replacement or repair for your fence?

If you are encountering any of these issues with your fence and are not sure if you need to repair or replace it, you are best to contact a reliable team of fence professionals.  The Fencing Around professionals in Townsville offer a wide variety of fence repair services as well as installation and fence replacements. Contact today for a free quote!

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