To have an attractive and useful fence that stays in good condition, it requires care just like any other part of a home. Good fence maintenance is something homeowners must do or face fence repair bills instead. Fortunately, keeping up with the proper maintenance on a fence is not that difficult for homeowners to either do on their own, or by hiring a local fence company.
Inspect Fences Regularly
Although it may seem as if fences are a “set it and forget it” type of installation, this is not true. Regardless of the type of fence installed, all fences require some type of fence maintenance, along with periodic inspections to ensure there is no damage. Sagging posts, rust, insect and water damage are all examples of things that can affect various fences after a while, so keeping a watchful eye out for these problems is essential.
To avoid the need for extensive fence repair, and to keep repair and replacement costs low, homeowners should regularly inspect their fences. Check posts to make sure they are still tight in the ground, and look for signs of loose boards or fence sections. Look for any signs of animal or insect damage, and any damage caused by the elements – such as rot, mold or cracking. By routinely checking for these things every few weeks - especially after bad weather – a homeowner can ensure their fence will remain standing, or receive the necessary repairs before a minor issue becomes a major one.
Fence Maintenance to Preserve Condition
Besides frequent inspections to check for damage, regular maintenance, according to the type of fence, is essential to keep it in the best condition. Depending on the material and type, some fences may require pressure washing or removal of corrosion with wire brushes, treatment with water sealants, staining, painting or other methods of covering or preserving the fencing material. The important thing to remember is that putting forth the effort to keep a fence clean and free from insect, animal and weather damage, means a longer-lasting fence. Other than regular cleaning, most fences only require sealing or painting every few years anyway. For owners who do not have the time or desire to do these jobs themselves, hiring an experienced fence company is always a possibility.
Repair When Necessary
Most fences will require some repair work as they age, even if they are well-maintained. Materials like wood and certain metals do not last forever, or can suffer from a certain degree of decomposition based upon the quality of the initial materials used. Minor repairs should always be done as soon as they are discovered. Loose nails and screws, rails that have come down, sagging gates, and making other minor repairs in a timely manner prevent small jobs from becoming bigger ones.
Larger damage, whether caused by weather, age, accident or other means, should also be repaired as soon as possible to prevent the rest of the fence from being affected. Just as a hole in the roof must be repaired quickly after storm damage, a broken section of fence should be repaired just as promptly to keep the entire fence strong, and to prevent additional damage.
The best fence for any homeowner is a well-maintained one. With regular inspections, periodic fence maintenance, and making fence repairs when necessary, any fence should be able to last up to, and even well past its estimated lifespan. For help with any of these important tasks, contact a local fence company to assess current conditions and make any maintenance and repair recommendations!