If your wood fence is not looking quite like it used to, you may be wondering if it is time to replace it. The good news is that some cosmetic issues that wood fences can encounter over time can be fixed without the need to replace the entire fence. When trying to determine if you need to repair or replace your wood fence, a little bit of research can help you figure out if your fence’s issues are DIY-able or if you need to call a professional. Read about these four fence problems to figure out if you need to repair or replace your wood fence.
1. Dark Spots and Fading
Dark spots, fading, and other discoloration are usually relatively simple to fix. Dirt, mold, sun damage, and other factors can cause your fence to change color over time. Start by scrubbing or power washing your fence to remove surface dirt and mold. Once your wood fence is completely dry, you can either stain the fence yourself or hire a professional to treat and stain the wood for you.
2. Cracks, Holes, and Nicks
If the surface damage on your fence is relatively small in magnitude, you can likely fix it yourself with some stainable wood putty. Larger holes or cracks that reappear even after applying putty may necessitate more intensive repair or board replacement, so be sure to contact a professional if you have stubborn cracks in your wood fence.
3. Broken, Warped, or Splintering Boards
A more severe problem is boards that are splintering, warped, or broken. Boards that are not salvageable should be replaced by a professional so that your fence can look and perform its best. Fortunately, unless every single board is broken or warped, you will likely only need to replace a few boards instead of the entire fence.
4. Leaning Fence
Whether your fence is tilting severely after a recent harsh storm or it has been slowly tilting for a while, you should contact a wood fence maintenance and installation professional as soon as possible. Leaning fences only get worse with time. Depending on the state of the horizontal and vertical boards, a professional may be able to save 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.