A wooden fence is one of the most attractive ways to make your property more secure and add curb appeal. However, wood has unique requirements to keep it in excellent condition now and in the future. If you notice potential problems with your current wooden fence, it’s critical to know the signs that it might need to be repaired or replaced.
Consider The Extent Of The Damage
Some types of wooden fence damage are more accessible to repair than others. For example, if you have a few spots on your fence that look like mold, acting quickly and killing the mold is an easy way to preserve it without needing to replace it entirely. However, if you have a problem with carpenter bees or other insects, by the time you notice damage to your wooden fence, it might be so severe that the integrity of the wood is damaged, and replacement is the best option.
Know the 20% Rule
One of the rules you might hear about your wood fence is the 20% rule. This rule of thumb says that if over 20% of your current wooden fence requires repairs, it is a better investment to replace it entirely. While 20% might seem small, putting things in context is essential. A wooden fence that is 100% damaged would not be standing at all. 1/5 of your fence being cracked, rotted, or otherwise damaged presents a hazard to your safety and likely means that your fence isn’t doing an excellent job of protecting you at all.
Finally, appearances are a big concern for some homeowners. If you repair a large portion of your wood fence, the boards will never be a 100% perfect match to the existing wood. Even if you stain the boards or purchase the same type of wood, the wear-and tear-pattern will never seamlessly coordinate with the rest of the fence. As a result, replacement might be appropriate to give the entire fence a polished and cohesive look.
Repair or Replace Your Wooden Fence with Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach
Call Hercules Fence of Norfolk and Virginia Beach for your fencing needs. We have decades of experience in the fencing industry and can offer you the best in ornamental steel, chain link, wooden fences, and more. Our dedicated teams of fencing professionals are highly trained, skilled, and experienced in providing quality fence installations of any type. We’ll work with you to find a fence that best suits your needs and budget.
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