Signs It’s Time To Replace Versus Repair Your Fence

A good maintenance regime for your fencing will extend its lifespan but nothing lasts forever.

Whether you have owned a fence from its conception or you have inherited your fencing with a new property. Certain signs will indicate that it’s time to stop repairing your old fence and replace it.

Although there are many things to take into consideration when you are deciding if it’s time to replace or repair your fence. Two of the main things that will guide your decision are:

  • The Current Level Of Damage
  • The Cost Comparison

The Current Level of Damage

In order to ensure that your fence is fit for purpose, you need to address damage as quickly as possible. Whether your fence is enclosing expensive livestock or protecting your privacy and security, you need to address any damage.

  • Repairing Your Fence

Your maintenance regime will vary with different types of fencing. But aside from keeping your fence clean, you should be checking for ongoing damage.

During any regular maintenance schedule or after a minor accident. You may need to replace the odd plank, post or section of fence. Minor repairs may be expected but sometimes the repairs aren’t minor.

Once you decide that the level of damage to your fence has exceeded your regular maintenance levels, you may need to evaluate if repair is the best option.

  • Replacing Your Fence

A major sign of excessive damage that may indicate the need for fence replacement can be holes in several of your posts or planks.

Although the odd hole can be insignificant, once you start to notice an ongoing problem with holes in your fencing it can be the result of more serious concealed damage such as rot or insect damage.

The fence may look sturdy on the surface. But if you investigate further, such as applying a bit of pressure with a sharp screwdriver, a large nail or your pocket knife. You may uncover more serious damage.

Another sign that your fence may need replacing is sagging or leaning of large sections of your fence

Sagging or leaning sections of your fence do not necessarily mean that they were poorly constructed. It can be a sign that your fencing is just succumbing to old age and it needs replacing.

The Cost Comparison

There is always a balancing act between the cost of repairing and replacing your fencing. One sign that your fence needs replacing is when the costs of replacement are more cost-effective than the cost of repairs.

  • Repairing Your Fence

There is bound to be some ongoing costs (in both time and money) for the repairs of your fencing. As time goes on the costs of that upkeep and maintenance will increase. Once the costs start to exceed your budget, it can be a sign that you need to evaluate how cost-effective your ongoing repairs are.

Although increasing repair costs may be a sign that fence replacement may be required unless you have all of the figures it can be difficult to do a cost comparison. It’s always best to get an up to date quote from a reputable supplier.

  • Replacing Your Fence

Part of your maintenance and repair programme may be to replace your fence in sections but it can be more cost effective to replace the whole fence at once rather than piecemeal.

Older fence types may be more susceptible to damage, (e.g. Vinyl fencing is less susceptible to moisture) so instead of repairing your fence, the increasing costs of repairs might be a sign to upgrade your current fencing. Upgrading can be more cost-effective in the long run.

Making Your Decision

If you have a regular maintenance schedule and budget for your fencing you are more likely to extend the life of your fence and recognize when it is time to consider replacing that fence, rather than continuing with expensive repairs.

The fact that you are reading this post suggests you may be considering replacing your current fence. In order to ensure that you have all of the facts available to make your decision, contact us now for a Free quote.

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