Is It Time To Call A Fence Contractor?
You’ve likely heard the saying, “good fences make good neighbors.” Well, that’s typically only true if the fences you share are in good repair.
Rotting, molding, leaning or crumbling fences have the potential for the exact opposite effect. Instead of making friends with your neighbors, your eyesore of a fence could quickly turn them into your enemy.
Unfortunately, most fences made of wood require routine maintenance and upkeep. A wooden fence can fall into disrepair faster than your Jack Russell terrier can escape from your its warped planks.
How do you know when it’s time to call a fencing contractor or try to fix the damage on your own?
When to Replace a Fence
Deciding whether you need to replace a few panels of your wooden fence, or replace the entire fence will likely depend on how bad the damage is.
Sometimes, wood fences will take on a gray color or accumulate moss here and there. These are often cosmetic issues that lessen the attractiveness of the fence, without affecting the structure itself. In these cases, you can call a local handyman to pressure wash the fence and add a new coat of stain to retain its original luster.
In more difficult cases, the panels of the fence may be warping or decaying. In instances like these, a fence contractor can be called on to replace broken panels as well as preform a pressure wash of the entire fence to bring it back to life.
The worse case scenario is when the fence is old and falling down. For the safety of children, pets and neighbors, it’s a good idea to get the entire fence replaced.
Different Fence Materials
If you’ve called your local fence contractor and are planning to replace your fence but want to invest in materials that will last, you have a several different options.
If you are looking for something that will last a long time, choosing vinyl for your fence material might be the way to go. Vinyl fences can last upwards of 10 years and can be built to match a variety of different architectural styles.
A chain link fence offers strength and long lasting durability. The downside, however, is that it isn’t the most attractive for a residential home. In addition, mesh will have to be added after the fence is installed if privacy is desired.
A wrought iron fence can add a look of elegance to any yard; however, it can run on the expensive site. While there aren’t the same issues with rotting or pests like there can be with wooden fences, rust can become an issue if the fence gets scratched.
Aluminum is another common material popular for fences. Aluminum is strong and can last a long time. It also has the benefit of not rusting like wrought iron. Aluminum fences are often times used more than a barrier than for privacy so keep that in mind when making your decision.