Its the age old question; can it be fixed or does it need to be replaced? Its a question that many are asking their repairman about their worn or old fences. Of course it seems more cost effective to just repair the fence, at least in the short term. But the real question lies in the long term. To help you make your decision, here are some common fence problems you should be on the lookout for.
1. Wood Fences – Insects, moisture and other environmental factors will take a toll on your wood fences. Signs like discoloration, warping and splintering can indicate when you have a problem. Holes in the fence can be filled with putty or wood filler. Entire planks can also be replaced when necessary. But unless the environmental factors change, you will have to replace your wood fence quicker than any other fence like vinyl or aluminum.
2. Vinyl Fences – Vinyl fences are typically more indestructible than a wood fence. The largest threat to vinyl is cracking. When this happens there is really only one choice; replace the picket or the entire section (or panel) where the damage is.
A good rule of thumb is if you need to replace more than 20% of the pickets or panels it might be time to replace the entirety of the fence. Of course, the opinion of a reliable repairman will also be valuable. For help with your aging fence, give Upfront Handyman a call today at 817-310-8900. We can help you weigh the pros and cons and can even do the repairs for you. You can also visit us online at www.upfronthandyman.com to see why our clients love our upfront approach to home repairs.