All fences need to be maintained and occasionally a storm or for other reasons, a fence can break. Wood fences do need a bit more work in order to be taken care of and when it needs to be fixed there are times where you need to consider if it is going to be better to have a fence repaired or if you just need to get it replaced. In order to determine if it needs to be replaced then you should focus on more than just the broken area.
Go around the fence inspecting the boards and posts making sure that they are not rotted or infested with termites. If there are many boards with bug damage or rot then the cost to keep the fence up and good are getting higher by the second and at point, it might be better to start fresh. If the boards are in good shape then a repair can be cheaper. But when doing a wood fence repair & replacement you need to make sure that you take care of the fence around altogether so that the other parts of the fence does not break down quickly.
This means that when you replace the broken part of the fence you need to be resealing the whole fence. Resealing a fence that has no or minimal damage can extend the life of the wood for years and allows it to continue to serve the purpose you have for it. On the other hand, if you are in a situation where you need to replace the whole fence then you need to start pricing the fence. While doing it yourself can save you a lot of money if you don’t have the time it will be worth it to hire out a company to put the fence in.
But no matter which way you go make sure that you get a strong and quality wood. Once you have the right wood it should be painted and sealed so that you can prevent damage to the wood that would happen naturally over time. After the new fence is up the second coat of sealant should be placed on the wood so that it takes care of the exposed parts of the wood from when putting holes in it to nail the wood to the board.
Having a fence is a wonderful thing and it can help to block your property from others, keep animals inside, allow children to play safely and so much more. The fence is a great thing but it doesn’t end when it is put up until something happens to the fence. While sometimes things are going to happen to it that you can’t help there are things you can do in order to make sure that the fence has a long life serving you well.
In order to make sure that you won’t have to worry about it you need to be sealing the wood on a regular basis, pressure cleaning in the spring when a lot of pollen can collect on the wood, and sanding down and repainting every few years to make sure that it stays in the best condition rather than allowing it to rot from the outside in. Overall when having a fence you do have to put in some work to keep it up and you can hire it out if you don’t have the time to do it yourself either.