Adding a fence to your property is a significant investment, and it behooves you to protect that investment in any way possible. While you cannot prevent every likely cause of fence damage, you can mitigate certain risk factors for damage and decay with observation and maintenance. Read on to learn about four preventable causes of fence damage and what you can do to protect your investment.
1. Tilted Sections
Tilted sections of fence can be indicative of a few different problems depending on the type of fence you have. Tilting can be caused by shifting ground, corrosion, or weathering. One way to prevent tilting is to make sure that your fence is installed in solid ground. If the area in which you are installing a fence has very compactable soil, your fence installation professional may reinforce the fence’s posts with concrete. Another way to prevent tilting is to maintain materials that can rot, weather, or corrode by properly finishing them.
2. Warped Areas
Fences that are installed or maintained improperly can warp over time. If you are putting a fence on uneven ground, your installation professional may suggest using a rackable fence to compensate for inclines and declines. This will put less stress on your fence. One of the best things you can do to prevent warped slats and posts is to have a professional install your fence. The experts at Hercules Richmond know how best to install and maintain a wide variety of fences in different environments.
3. Corrosion and Decay
Corrosion and decay from rust and rot can wreak havoc on nearly any type of fence. The best ways to prevent your fence from being ravaged by the elements is to make sure that you are 1) installing the right kind of fence for your environment and 2) giving your fence the regular maintenance it needs. For example, if you choose to install a wood fence in a temperate climate with high humidity, you will likely have varnish, clean, and refinish your fence regularly to combat mold and rot.
Gaps in fences occur most often in wood fences. Wood boards can disappear from fences due to a variety of factors including rot, severe weather, and the use of improper fasteners. You can work to prevent gaps in your fence by having a professional install your fence and complete all repairs, ensuring that the correct materials are used on your fence.
Hercules Fence is Here to Help
No matter what type of fence you have decided on, Hercules Fences has the expertise and equipment to construct your dream fence. Our experienced team can help meet your fencing needs, whether they are residential or commercial, for the right price. We proudly serve Albemarle County, Amelia, Ashland, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Cumberland County Dinwiddle County, Fluvanna County, and Fort Lee, Virginia, VA. Give us a call at 804-752-7992 or visit us online. To see examples of our work and keep in touch, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Pinterest.