With the sun out, your residential fence might be starting to show its age. Fences don’t last forever, but with the proper care and consistent maintenance, they can stand the test of time. If your fence is starting to look drab, it could mean that it’s time to replace the fence entirely. Look for these common problems associated with aging fences to determine whether or not it’s time for a new fence.
Wooden Fencing Problems
Wood is a natural material, which means it’s more likely to be damaged by extreme weather conditions than other materials. The heat and humidity of many summers combined with particularly cold winters or rainy springs can cause any wooden fence to deteriorate over the years. Another huge factor to account for could be termite damage — an issue that doesn’t affect other materials. Walking along your fence line, and look for signs of splintering, warping, and discoloration. If you’re unsure whether the damage is severe enough to require new fencing, call a local fencing expert in your area.
Vinyl Fencing Issues
While vinyl fencing is known to be practically maintenance-free, some damage is inevitable and cannot be prevented. With the harsh storms that the East Coast has experienced recently, even vinyl fences have been damaged. The first thing you should look for when assessing your fence line is for cracks in the vinyl. If you do, in fact, come upon some cracking, determine how much damage there is, and that way, a fencing specialist in your area can figure out how much needs to be replaced.
Aging in Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum, like vinyl, is known for being a very low-maintenance fencing material. However, there are some areas of your aluminum fence that will need special attention. As with vinyl, trouble with your aluminum fencing was likely caused by a storm or some other severe event. The most common problem you’ll see with your aluminum fencing is that the soil will start to loosen among the posts. If you need to have a section of your aluminum fence removed, this is best left to a fencing professional since welding will most likely need to be involved.
UPGRADE TO A BRAND NEW FENCE WITH HERCULES FENCE
When you are ready for a residential or commercial fence that will meet the security and aesthetic needs of your family or business, trust the experts at Hercules Fence. For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules Fence online or give us a call at 800-395-9597. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.