A wood fence can last for a decade or more. Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your fence, but the reality is the Midwestern climate, moisture, and other environmental factors will eventually require property owners to replace their wooden fence altogether. Knowing when to replace your wood fence is about recognizing a few important indicators.
Eventually, over the course of time, all wood fences will wear down. Once notice these three signs, it’s time to start thinking about making an update to your fence:
A leaning fence is one of the universal signs that the time for replacement might be coming soon. Although you can prolong the life of your wooden fence by focusing on repairing small sections that are experiencing leaning, once it begins to spread throughout the length of the structure it’s simply no longer worth the time, money, and effort to repair.
2. Missing or Split Boards
When a single board or plank is missing from your fence as the result of an isolated accident, you should be able to replace it without much issue. However, if it starts to seem like every time you examine your fence another piece has disappeared, it’s time to think about replacement.
Trying to keep up with repairing a fence that is regularly losing boards and planks is an expensive, time-consuming game of whack-a-mole that should be avoided at all costs.
3. Maintenance Costs Are Adding Up
Refinishing, staining, the occasional board replacement…all wooden fences require some degree of basic maintenance. You work hard to preserve your existing fence because replacing the entire thing comes with a significant cost. Unfortunately, many property owners make the mistake of spending a fortune on repairs in situations where a new fence might actually be the more affordable solution.
If you find that maintenance costs are becoming a significant burden, it’s time to take the leap and see about a full replacement. Investing in a new fence won’t just
To Repair…Or to Replace? We Can Help
Our fencing experts are well-trained in knowing what to look for when it comes to the repair vs. replacement decision. Our first priority is gaining the trust of our customers. That starts with providing honest, accurate advice that helps save you money, and potential headaches down the road. When it’s time to replace your wood fence, we’re happy to help.
If your wooden fence is showing any of the signs discussed on this list, give us a call, stop into one of our showrooms in Cincinnati or NKY, or get in touch via email to request a consultation.