A high quality wooden fence that’s well cared for can last up to 20 years. However, this is the exception rather than the rule, as most fences aren’t made from 100% treated lumber. As with all things, your fence will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. For most fences, this is more likely to be around the 10 year mark. But, how will you know when it’s time? What are the signs to look for?
Here are the tell-tale signs it’s time to replace your fence rather than try to repair it once again:
One rotten board is one thing, but if there’s generalized rotting in your fence, it may be time to replace it. With a wooden fence, you’ll typically notice rot in the areas where the fence is closest to the ground. This is where the boards experience the most sustained moisture, accelerating rot. You can prevent rot with regular maintenance and applying a preservative. However, nature will eventually take its course and the rot will set in. If you see generalized rotting on your fence posts and boards, it’s time to think about replacement.
Wind, rain and shifting ground can cause your fence to begin to lean off to one side. This is because the general structure of your fence is losing strength, which is understandable after many years of service. Slight leaning in only one section can often be repaired by replacing or adjusting a few fence posts. However, generalized leaning across the fence is usually a sign of irreparable damage.
3. Split and Missing Boards
One split or missing board can be replaced. Lots of split and missing boards mean it’s time to start over. Even the best wood begins to crack and split after years under the sun and rain. The freeze and thaw cycle is another culprit that ruins perfectly good boards without exception. Split, warped boards perform poorly on your fence, not only ruining its aesthetic appeal, but also resulting in structural problems.
4. Loose and Missing Fasteners
Screws and nails may become loose or even fall out of your fence over time. Although these can be replaced, eventually, the wood may not be able to withstand a new screw or nail. If your fence has grown wobbly due to loose and missing fasteners, at a certain point, it’s useless to try to replace them all. The structure of the fence has become compromised and you won’t be able to regain it by attempting to replace fasteners in deteriorating wood.
5. Repairs Are Too Costly
The main factor that determines when you should replace your fence? It makes more financial sense to replace than to repair. If you can, estimate the costs of repairs and consider whether you’re prepared to invest that amount of money into your fence. At a certain point, it’s best to fork over a little bit more for a new fence that will offer you many more years of service than to invest a considerable amount in a fence that won’t survive more than a year or two anyway.
Replacing a wooden fence is an investment in your property’s aesthetic appeal and your security and privacy. As a property owner, it’s best to plan to replace your wooden fence every 10 years or so. Whether you require maintenance service or repairs, you can count on All Counties Fence and Supply for professional services and affordable rates. Call to discuss your fencing needs today!