Fences can be a great addition to any property, and anyone who has had a fence erected around their backyard can tell you the benefits that come with it. There’s the obvious benefit of creating a solid barrier between your property and your neighbors on either side, and if you’re a pet owner, a good fence can provide your animals a safe place to run around. The added privacy of a fence is one of the most common reasons people have one installed on their property. It’s nice to be able to enjoy dinner with your family in the backyard without having to feel like everyone in the neighborhood can see you. But maybe you already have a fence, and maybe you’ve had your fence for some time now, or it came with the house that you purchased. Have you taken a good look at your fence to determine whether or not it’s accomplishing the things it’s supposed to?
Fences, like all outdoor features of your home, require regular maintenance to make sure they stay in good shape and provide you with the benefits they are supposed to. Often people overlook fence maintenance until it’s too late. It can be easy to ignore your fence as long as it is creating a sight barrier between you and your neighbors, but that’s not a fence’s only function and it’s important to make sure the construction stays solid year after year.
Wooden privacy fences tend to start pulling apart after time, and as a responsible homeowner you should take the time to walk around the perimeter of your fence and check to make sure each board is firmly in place. Loose boards can provide convenient places for your dog to squeeze its way through the fence, and sometimes those boards can snap back into place trapping your dog on the wrong side of the fence. Same goes for children if they manage to find the loose board before you do, though children are more likely to just go around the house to the front door. A loose board can also be an access point for a burglar though, which is a real concern for many people with privacy fences.
In addition to loose boards, wooden fences can warp over time, causing long stretches of fence posts to bend out of shape or pull out of the supporting rails. This can be a more drastic fence problem, as it can cause many boards to become loose (or even fall off completely) if not dealt with in a reasonable amount of time.
If you notice these problems with your fence, it might be time to call the experts for fencing repair, and in serious cases it might just be time to replace your fence. This can be an expensive endeavor, but choosing a good fence contractor can help ease the financial burden. Many people find that once they have a fence on their property, they don’t want to go back to living without, so often it’s worth it to go ahead and invest in a new fence. While a fence can add tremendously to your property value, a beat-up warped fence is probably going to take away from the worth and aesthetic of your home, not to mention open you up to security risks.
Take some time to check out your fence today and make sure everything is in order. Hopefully your fence was solidly constructed and will last for many years, but in the event that it does start to warp and lose its luster, make sure you act quickly to take control of the situation before it becomes a larger problem.