With the weather rapidly turning cold, Virginia homeowners should start to take stock of the maintenance tasks and repairs that their homes need before winter. When inspecting your fence for damage and wear, there are a few common problems that you may encounter. In this blog, we will discuss three common fence maintenance concerns for homeowners. Contact a fence installation and repair expert to keep your fence, landscape, and home in great shape all winter long. In order to adequately determine the extent of your maintenance and repair needs, you should clean your fence prior to inspection.
Although fences are designed to be sturdy and durable, some can experience damage and wear that creates structural problems. This is particularly true of wood fences. Examine your fence for missing or broken boards or slats. In wood fences, these boards can often be replaced with little fanfare. However, if you have an aluminum, chain link, iron, or vinyl fence, you will likely have to enlist the services of a professional to repair structural damage. A crooked fence may seem like a non-issue, but leaning fences or boards can be indicative of more severe problems such as termites, rust, or a shifting foundation. If you have any questions or concerns about structural damage to your fence, contact the experts at Hercules Fence of Richmond.
Corrosion and Decay
Corrosion and decay can be caused by many culprits, including insects, mold, and rust. These problems often get worse quickly, and in the case of termites and mold, they can actually spread and affect your home. While mild rust and decay can sometimes be scraped away and painted over to prevent their progression, it can be a challenge for homeowners to assess and treat these problems on their own. Contact a fence repair and installation professional immediately if you see signs of corrosion or decay, as prompt repair can often save parts of your fence.
Your landscaping practices can affect your fence, particularly during storms and severe winter weather. Assess the plants near your fence to determine whether or not they are interfering with your fence’s performance. Large shrubs or trees can shift a fence’s foundation with their roots, and heavy branches can wreak havoc during a storm. Ensure that your trees are well-maintained, and remove any dead plant matter that can contribute to mold and decay.
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.