It’s important to keep your fence in good condition so that it continues to look great and provide security for your property. As different fence types require different care, the signs that you need repairs or maintenance will vary depending on your fence type. This blog post will discuss the key signs for a few major fence types and what you can do to maintain your fence.
1. Wooden Fencing: Heaving and Bending
When it comes to wooden fencing, one of the most obvious signs that you need maintenance or repair services, or a new fence altogether, is that it is heaving and bending. This means that the fence posts are swaying or falling. Bending can also refer to cracked fence posts that have broken under pressure. This can be caused by water that has warped the wood or by water that has seeped into the cement posts that are holding your fence up.
Whatever the underlying issue is, it’s important to call the professionals as soon as you can for their experienced services. They can recommend repairs or a total replacement for your wooden fence.
2. Vinyl Fencing: Punctures or Holes
Overall, vinyl fences are extremely durable and you won’t usually see damage on them. However, your fence could get hit by a branch that has fallen during a storm or sustain damage from rough use.
A small puncture can usually be fixed pretty easily with some sealant and paint to prevent it from growing. However, if there is already a sizable hole in your fence, you’ll need repair specialists to restore its integrity.
3. Ornamental Fencing: Peeling Paint
Ornamental fencing is often painted to match the trim of your house or to complement the landscaping. Over time, though, the paint can start to chip and peel. This not only looks bad, but it can also lead to rusting if the wrought iron underneath is exposed.
To touch up your fence, you’ll first need to remove any loose paint chips. You can do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Once the surface is clean, apply a coat of primer and then paint in the desired color. Be sure to use high-quality exterior paint that will withstand various types of weather.
4. Aluminum Fencing: Cracks in the Metal
According to SidmartinBio, an aluminum fence is partly appealing because it needs relatively little upkeep compared to other forms of fence materials. However, like anything else, it will eventually need some attention. Having cracks in your aluminum fencing is a sign that it needs to be repaired or replaced. Cracks can weaken the fence’s structure and make it more susceptible to damage from weather and other elements. If you detect any fissures in your fence, get a professional evaluation right away.
By being aware of the signs that your fence needs some TLC, you can keep it in good condition for many years to come. To learn more about how to care for your fencing, contact us today.