A fence is an integral part of a home that serves both a decorative and practical purpose. Not only do fences provide security and privacy and define a certain boundary, but they also can create a pleasing visual aesthetic.
Wooden fences can last for many years with proper maintenance and regular upkeep, but at some point, you have to replace them.
Below are some telltale signs that your wooden fence may need replacing.
Your Fence Has Started To Lean
As your fence ages, it gradually becomes weaker. Though not always noticeable at first, the decline will eventually become apparent. In particular, many wooden fences develop a distinct slant to one side or the other.
Adjusting the fence posts may temporarily fix the lean, but you can't undo the damage already done. You'd be better off replacing the fence with something stronger and more durable.
You've Noticed Signs of Rotting
As time goes on, wood is highly susceptible to rotting, especially from water damage. Even with routine maintenance and the use of a wood preservative, your fence may still decay. As decay sets in, your fence will gradually deteriorate, becoming discoloured and weaker.
If caught early, you can sometimes prevent the rot from spreading to the entire fence. Unfortunately, the rot often goes undetected for a long time. Consequently, the only option is to replace the fence with something new.
The Fence Is Missing Some Panels
If you notice cracks, chips, or completely missing panels, your fence needs more than just some maintenance. Besides being unsightly, missing panels can also compromise security and pose a safety risk for those with young children or pets.
Replacing the missing panel is an option, but it cannot guarantee the problem won't happen again. Additionally, replacing the missing panel may cost a great deal.
The Fence No Longer Fits Your Home Aesthetics
Unrepairable damage is often the leading cause of replacing something, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the only reason.
You can make changes purely for aesthetic reasons, whether because of a change in the design of your garden or an updated look of your home.
Signs of Insect Damage
Damage from insects can compromise a wooden fence's structure, resulting in its collapse. A fence with holes, gnawing, or boring can indicate that an insect infestation is present.
You can eliminate the insects and repair your fence if you catch the infestation early. However, widespread damage to your fence may require its replacement.
Due to the potential risks posed by a fence that has reached the end of its useful lifespan, you should familiarise yourself with the signs of fence damage or deterioration. By knowing the signs, you can make an informed decision on whether or not fence replacement is necessary. Contact a fencing service for more information.