3 Signs You Need a New Fence
Fences deteriorate in many different ways. The signs of a fence in distress vary based on the type of fence you have. Sometimes it's hard to tell if just a section of a fence needs to be replaced or if the entire thing needs to be replaced. Other times, a replacement is not actually necessary and weak spots can be repaired. It's also easy to overlook weak spots in the fence because after a while it becomes just another part of the background. When you do check on your fence, keep the following pieces of information in mind.
The first sign to look for is rot or rust. In a chain link fence, for example, look to see if large areas of the fence have become rusted or weak. If there are numerous weak spots all along the fence, you're looking at a replacement and not a repair. Due to the interwoven design of a chain link fence, you must ensure that the webbing is not compromised by rusted or deteriorating spots. A few breaks in the chain can compromise the integrity of the entire section. In a wooden fence, you will need to look for signs of rot. If the wood has become dry-rotted and splintery, a replacement will be necessary.
The next sign to look for is warping. This can be a sign of failure for both metal and wooden fences. If a chain link fence is warped, it has been effectively compromised. The same goes for warped wood on a wooden fence, especially if the support posts are warped as well. Warping in wood is a sign that the outside conditions were too harsh on the wood over time.
The last and most important sign that it's time to replace your fence is separation in one or more sections. Separation in this case specifically refers to planks that have broken away from the supporting nails. The older the wood is, the harder it is to nail it back together without compromising its integrity. Instead of spending your money replacing one section just to inevitably have the other sections fail, you can usually save money by ordering the rest of the fence at the same time.
It's better to be on the safe side when it comes to fence replacement. After all, your fence protects your property and keeps unwanted guests and animals away. Whether you're looking to replace a section or the entirety of your fence, visit this page to find out where to start when ordering fence installation in Austin.
Mark advises people on fence and security techniques and industry trends. You can find his thoughts at his home fencing blog on Blogspot.