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To keep your fence stable and strong, you may need to make the occasional repair. This is just like taking your car in for maintenance or replacing your roofing over time. Here we will go over some important do’s and don’ts of fence repairs so you can protect your property for years to come.
DON’T Wait until the Last Minute to Complete Fence Repairs
Your fencing will not get better on its own. In fact, waiting to do your fence repairs will only make the damage worse. This will cost you more money than necessary just because you waited too long. The damage also leaves your property vulnerable to potential intruders. If you get your fence fixed as quickly as possible, you can avoid costly mistakes later on.
DO Let a Professional Repair Your Fence
Fence repair is best left up to the professionals. They know what to look for and how to repair the fence so it will last well into the future. You can replace a fallen fence post on your own, but anything beyond that should be handled by professionals. The team here at All Around Fence, LLC would be happy to assist you. Give us a call the next time you’re in need of fence repair.
DON’T Plant Anything Next to Your Fence
If you are planting bushes, trees, or other landscaping elements in your yard, make sure they are at least one foot away from the fence. Trees with large root structures should be planted much further than that so the roots do not disrupt the fencing. If you are questioning where to plant a landscaping element, contact our fencing contractors ahead of time.
DO Trim Nearby Branches
If you already have plants near your fence, try pruning back any branches that are approaching the posts. This includes overhanging tree limbs that may get heavy with winter snow. Overhanging limbs also create a constant flow of water on the fencing when it rains, and that may wear down those posts faster than others. Let the fencing stand on its own so it can dry as quickly as possible.
DON’T Paint Your Wood Fence
You’ve probably seen dozens of painted fences in your lifetime, but that doesn’t mean they were painted correctly. Paint can protect some forms of wood fencing, but in most cases, it does more harm than good. The paint does not allow the fencing to breathe, so moisture remains trapped inside. This greatly reduces the lifespan of the fencing. You are much better off staining the fence to suit your needs, rather than painting it.
If you have a vinyl fence, you shouldn’t need to paint it at all. The most you will need to do is clean the fencing if it starts to look dull. Simply scrub the fence posts with warm soapy water and rinse them off when you’re finished.
DO Stain Your Wood Fence, As Needed
Wood fencing should be stained every 3-5 years, depending on the type of wood your fence is made from. The stain helps protect the wood from the elements but still allows it to breathe. Staining your fence will extend its life and keep it looking pristine. To schedule a fence staining quote or to learn more about our fence repair services, contact All Around Fence, LLC today.
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