Fencing replacement can be an expensive project so the longer that your fence lasts, the more you can delay replacement.
A well-constructed, well-maintained fence can last over twenty years.
There are many ways to make your fence lasts longer and they do not need to be that difficult.
6 easy ways to make your fencing last longer are:
- Initial Material Selection
- A Regular Inspection Schedule
- Fence Maintenance
- Having a Professional Contractor Install Your Fencing
- Coordinating With Your Neighbor
- Avoiding Damage From Moisture
1. Initial Material Selection
One of the easiest ways to make your fencing last longer is to build it from robust, long-lasting material. An Initial choice of vinyl, pressure treated timber or other resilient material will provide your fence a strong foundation. The simple act of your initial material selection can, therefore, make your fencing last longer.
2. A Regular Inspection Schedule
Formulating a regular inspection schedule will allow you to identify minor issues before they escalate to majors. Hazards such as termite infestations if spotted early enough can be treated before the fencing is ruined. Regular inspection is an easy way of extending the life of your fencing. After periods of extreme weather conditions, it is advisable to add extra inspections to your schedule.
3. Fence Maintenance
Even resilient fencing materials such as treated timber should be cleaned regularly. A simple garden hose can be used to clean your fence if you do it regularly. Regular cleaning can avoid the build-up of debris that can reduce the life of your fencing. Continuous cleaning can remove protective treatments for wood fencing so applying stain may be part of maintenance.
Another part of maintenance is ongoing fence repairs. Early repairs to minor fence damage can stop it progressing to a major issue. A loose plank can be remedied with a simple hammer and nails but if left, may require plank replacements or worse.
4. Having a Professional Contractor Install Your Fencing
Most fencing contractors will provide guarantees of their workmanship. Although you may be reasonably competent at DIY, you are responsible for your own workmanship. Your own confidence isn’t necessarily a guarantee and inferior construction can shorten the life of your fencing. It stands to reason that having your fence professionally installed can this make it lasts longer.
5. Coordinating With Your Neighbor
It is worth remembering that a fence has two sides. If your fence borders the boundary line of a neighbor’s property you need to ensure that both sides of the fence are addressed. Depending on the relationship with your neighbor you may have easy access to the back of your fence.
By coordinating with your neighbor it can mean that they notify you of any issues with the other side of your fence. This early notification can prevent those small issues escalating.
6. Avoiding Damage From Moisture
Moisture is one of the biggest threats to your fencer as it can create rot and invite pests.
Two of the best ways to avoid moisture are adequate drainage and removing foliage around your fence.
Simple actions such as placing a couple of inches of gravel under each wooden fence post can aid with the drainage. Any attempts to raise the posts or their concrete base above the level of the ground is advantageous. Direct contact with the soil adds exposure to moisture so avoid this contact.
Clear foliage away from your fencing as it allows extra moisture to build up. The roots of foliage can also cause damage to the foundations of your fencing and allow the moisture access.
Extending the life of your fence is not an arduous task. Most of the activities that are part of the construction process of your fence can automatically serve this purpose.
Your fence is a large investment so for further advice on any of these tips, contact a professional today.