Category: Home Improvement | Issue: February 2020
Ask the Expert 1. Should I repair or replace my fence? Questioning whether to repair or replace your fence? Many homeowners start out by weighing the costs. Repainting or repairing a fence is cheaper and easier than an all-out replacement - at least in the short term. Optionally, you may want to entirely restyle your fence making replacement a must. 2. Why is my wood fence deteriorating? If you notice signs that your wood fence needs repair like discoloration, warping, and splintering - You should carefully inspect your fence to determine the cause of the problem and whether or not it can be mitigated with a solution like redirecting pooling water or exterminating wood-destroying insects. To repair your wood fence, you can patch small holes and cracks with wood filler or putty. For warping or more severe damage, it's best to replace the affected boards or rails. The downside of both of these repairs is that they will be visible, at least for a while. 3. My vinyl fence is cracking, what do I do? The biggest threat to vinyl is cracking. To repair your vinyl fence, you have only one choice. If you see a crack in one of your vinyl fence panels, it's best to replace the affected area. Depending on your fence, this could be an individual vinyl "picket," or might be an entire section of fence panel between posts. 4. How do I fix my metal fence problems? Aluminum fences are very durable, but parts may need occasional replacement or attention. Like with vinyl, an accident may damage your aluminum fence. Shifting soil can eventually loosen fence posts as well. A loose post due to soil erosion can be steadied with some backfill of either soil or gravel. To repair damage to an aluminum fence, you may need to replace a section or an individual rail. Some aluminum fence repairs require the skill of a welder. To steady a loose rail, a t-brace can make the area stronger and more functional. Be mindful of the color of the replacement part being used if you don't plan to paint your fence after repair. 5. How do I decide when to replace my fence? If your fence needs a major overhaul, 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. Remember: Maintaining your fence may also mean making careful choices about landscaping such as growing vines on your fencing. By checking your fence for damage regularly and making small repairs when needed, you can extend the life of your fence so you don't need to replace it. By asking these and any other questions you might have during your consultation, you can find the best Oklahoma fence installers and contractors, like us at Drytect. We invite you to contact us at (918)401-1000 or email: eat1@eau1eav1eaw1 to schedule a consultation appointment today.