If you have a wood fence around your home, you likely already know the importance of keeping it in good shape! After all, a fence provides protection for your home, family, pets and even can add to the resale value of your home.
A quality wood fence can easily last 10+ years, but as with all things, your fence will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. How do you know when it’s time to replace your wood fence? Here are a few tell-tale signs.
1. Missing, Cracked or Damaged Pickets
One of the most common signs that your fence needs to be replaced is worn out pickets. Your home’s wood fence is exposed to the elements 24/7, and this can cause even the best wood to crack, split and wear out over time. Excessively worn out pickets are more than just an eyesore, they won’t be able to provide the best protection for your home.
In some cases, a wood fence can be repaired by adding new pickets. While it’s not uncommon to have to replace one or two fence pickets each year, having to replace full sections of pickets could end up costing you more in the long run. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you have to replace more than 20% of the fence panels or pickets, it’s time to replace the entire fence.
2. Wood Fence Is Leaning
Wind, rain and shifting ground can cause your fence to begin to lean off to one side. This is because the general structure of your fence is losing strength, which is understandable after many years of service. Slight leaning in only one section can often be repaired by replacing or adjusting a few fence posts. However, generalized leaning across the fence is usually a sign of irreparable damage.
3. Loose, Missing Screws or Nails
Screws and nails may become loose or even fall out of your fence over time. Although these can be replaced, eventually, the wood may not be able to withstand a new screw or nail. If your fence has grown wobbly due to loose/missing screws or nails, it may be useless to try to replace them all. The structure of the fence has become compromised, and you won’t be able to regain it by attempting to replace fasteners in deteriorating wood.
4. Signs of Rot or Decay
With a wooden fence, you’ll typically notice rot in the areas where the fence is closest to the ground. This is where the boards experience the most sustained moisture, accelerating decay. You can prevent rot with regular maintenance and applying a preservative. However, nature will eventually take its course, and the rot will set in. If you see generalized rotting on your fence posts and boards, it’s time to think about a full replacement.
About Ram Fencing
We’re a family-owned business, born and raised in Austin, Texas. Whether you need a fence repair or full replacement, our team is here to work with you and make the process as easy as possible. When you choose Ram Fencing, you can expect the highest level of customer service, top-quality products, and a solid fence! We work with any budget big or small to provide a fence that suits your needs. Contact us for a free quote today!