Looking to replace your current fence? Or maybe you’d rather repair the one you already have. We’re here to help. The cheaper option is usually to repair, or simply repaint your fence, but more often than not, repairs will need to be updated, which can add up in cost.
As always, your answer depends on what’s right for you and your specific needs. Whether you want to relocate a fence, update its design, or replace it entirely, there’s a solution for you.
Depending on the specific problem and the fencing material itself, many fences have simple repair solutions. Let’s break down common problems by material.
Wood Fence Problems
Seeing as wood is a natural material, it’s a little more prone to issues than synthetic materials. Environmental factors (insects, moisture) lead the way in damaging your wooden fence, but not always to the point of no return. If you notice discoloration, splintering, or warping in your fence, the first step is to asses the source of the damage. Sometimes the repair has to do with redirecting any lingering or continuous sources of water, in one instance, and in the other, exterminating the wood damaging insects.
Small holes in your fence can be patched with putty or wood filler, which you can find at your local hardware store. The only drawbacks to these options is the noticeability of the putty or wood filler; however, if you paint the fence after repairing, they’ll be covered completely.
If you’re dealing with more severe damage such as warping, it’s best to replace the individual boards or rails affected by the damage.
Vinyl Fence Problems
Vinyl fencing stays relatively maintenance free. The main threat to vinyl fencing is cracking, which can be caused by impact from a piece of debris, a vehicle, or even the weight of heavy snow. The only option when it comes to cracks in a vinyl fence is to replace the affected area. Depending on the damage, it could be an entire section of a fence or only an individual picket that needs replacing.
Aluminum Fence Problems
Aluminum fences are quite durable; however, like with vinyl, sometimes accidental damage can be cause for repair or replacement. Additionally, occasional shift in the soil will sometimes loosen fence posts. Filling the affected area with gravel or more soil will alleviate the erosion.
If you’re repairing specific damage to an aluminum fence, you may only need to replace an individual rail, or in some unfortunate cases, an entire section. Depending on the damage, a welder may be necessary for adequate repairing.
Do I Repair or Replace?
The main consideration when it comes to repairing or replacing your fence, of course, is cost. We typically say if more than 20% of your fence needs to be repaired, it’s best to go ahead and replace the entire fence.
As always, the solution depends on the specific needs of each individual customer. Reasons for replacing aren’t always damage related: perhaps you’d like your fence to provide more privacy or more durability so your dog can’t escape. Aesthetic replacements are just as common as functional replacements and we can assist in both cases.
If we can clarify anything for you, please don’t hesitate to visit our website our give us a call at 678-200-4096.