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Backyard Fence Repair Guide

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Backyard Fence Repair Guide

A well maintained fence offers a lot. It can add beauty to your landscaping and accent your property, it keep pets and small children out of harm's way, or even offer privacy and security. A damaged fence, on the other hand, can't perform any of these tasks well, and since no fence lasts forever, there will come a time in any fence-owner's life when he or she will need to consider fence repair.

  1. 1.Fence Repairs Solidify Your Home's Value

    The good news is: There are a lot more options for fencing today than there were in decades past.

    While there are obvious practical advantages to keeping your fence in good condition, one of the more subtle benefits is the increased value a fence can bring to your property. Not all fences, however, can be considered assets. Realtor Joyce Mitchell puts it like this: "To be appealing it should be consistent in style and design throughout and not become a hodge-podge of fencing with varying heights and colors and condition." This, of course, means that maintenance and repairs are important, but it also suggests that the quality of each repair must be consistent enough to keep the fence as a whole looking like one single, uninterrupted installation.

  2. 2.Keeping Repairs Looking Consistent

    As a fence ages, it shows signs of wear and weathering. Painting and staining can reduce the signs of aging, but it cannot eliminate them completely. When performing repairs on an aging fence, keeping the fence as a whole looking uniform can be tricky if you're going to install new components. If possible, it is best to repair individual components and reuse them rather than to replace them outright. When this is not an option, special care must be taken to match any newly-introduced elements to those that already exist. If the necessary repair is located on a particularly visible section of the fence, consider using components from a less visible spot as a replacement and installing any new components in the area that is better hidden.

  3. 3.Dealing with Rot

    In many cases, backyard fence repair is needed not because of an acute impact but because of fence rot. Though it is sometimes necessary to replace whole posts, rails, or boards, in many instances rot can be handled without the need for replacement. Non-compromised wood scrap or metal braces can be used to secure loose fence components, but be sure to use generous amounts of wood preservative on the areas of rot to stop its progression. Rot often occurs because of wood-to-ground contact or because large amounts of moisture come into contact with some wood components. Eliminating the root cause of rot will help insure that repaired components do not suffer the same fate as their predecessors.

  5. 4.When Replacement Is Preferable

    The average wooden fence will only have a life expectancy of about 20 years with regular maintenance. When your fence has seen a few decades of abuse and repairs are needed frequently, it is probably a prime time for replacement. The good news is: There are a lot more options for fencing today than there were in decades past. PVC fencing looks like wood but has a life expectancy of more than 100 years. Hardy domestic woods like cedar and locust are always excellent choices for fencing, but increasingly popular tropical hardwoods (that have a far greater life expectancy than your average pine) are another option that will give you longer, more maintenance-free performance for a larger initial investment.

  6. 5.Non-Wood Backyard Fence Repair

    Wood is easily the most DIY-friendly fence material, and most handy homeowners can perform a lot of repairs on a wood fence without the assistance of a professional. Other materials like chain-link, aluminum, PVC, and iron are far more difficult to work with, and homeowners may find that their in-house tool selection significantly limits the number of DIY repairs they can perform on these fences. Many non-wood fences are also much more expensive, making the cost of hiring a professional even more justified.


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