A well maintained, high quality wood fence can last up to 20 years. However, this is the exception, not the rule, as most fences are not made of 100% treated wood. As with all things, your fence will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. For most fences, this is more than likely going to be in about 10 years. But how do you know when the time is up? What signs to look for?
The following are signs to replace your fence rather than repair it again, as shared by Fence Suppliers.
A rotting board is one thing, but if you have widespread rot in your fence, it may be time to replace it. With Wood Fences, you'll usually notice rot in the area of the fence closest to the ground. This is where the boards experience the most persistent moisture, accelerating the rot. You can prevent rot by regular maintenance and the use of preservatives. However, nature will eventually take its course and rot will set in. If you see widespread rot in your fence posts and planks, it's time to consider replacing them.
Wind, rain and ground shaking can cause your fence to start leaning to one side. This is because the overall structure of your fence is losing strength, which is understandable after years of use. A slight tilt in only one section can usually be repaired by replacing or adjusting a few fence posts. However, a general tilt of the entire fence is usually a sign of irreparable damage.
3. Split and Missing Boards
A cracked or missing board can be replaced. A large number of cracked and missing boards means it's time to start over. Even the best wood can begin to crack and splinter after years of exposure to sun and rain. Freeze-thaw cycles are another culprit that destroys perfectly good boards, no exceptions. Cracked and buckled boards do not perform well on your fence and not only ruin its beauty, but also cause structural problems.
4. Loose and Missing Fasteners
Over time, screws and nails can become loose or even fall out of your fence. While these can be replaced, eventually, the wood may not hold up to the new screws or nails. If your fence becomes wobbly due to loose and missing fasteners, at a certain point it is useless to try to replace it all. The structure of the fence has been compromised and you can't restore it by trying to replace the fasteners in the deteriorated wood.
5. Too costly to repair
The main factor in deciding when you should replace your fence? It makes more financial sense to replace than to repair. If you can, estimate the cost of repairs and consider whether you are prepared to invest that much money in the fence. At some point, it's better to spend a little more money on a new fence that will provide you with many more years of service than to invest a considerable amount of money in a fence that won't live more than a year or two anyway.
Replacing your wood fence is an investment in the aesthetic appeal of your property as well as your security and privacy. As a homeowner, it is best to plan to replace your wood fence every 10 years or so. We also have Barbed Wire Fencing available, so please feel free to contact us if you need it!