Should you fence or repair? Making the right call can be daunting for most homeowners. If you're not careful, you may end up replacing a fence because of minor damages, which will cost you a fortune, when it shouldn't. Or repair your fence only to end up with recurring problems that can only be solved by replacement.
We wouldn't want you to make decisions that will cost you. So we've come up with a guide on how you can determine whether to repair or replace your fence when faced with some common fence problems. If you're still in doubt, even after reading this guide, call experienced fencing contractor Wollongong, and you'll get help.
Repair or Replace? Here’s how to Decide
Rotting is a common problem with wooden fences, especially at the base where the fence meets the ground. Moisture accelerates rotting, so this is common during wet seasons.
When the rot is at its onset, you'll need to repair the fence and apply a preservative. However, if it has damaged more than 25% of the fence, you're better off replacing it.
A leaning or sagging fence is a sign of weakened structure, usually resulting from strong wind, rain or even old age. Slight leaning on one side of your fence can be repaired by adjusting or reinforcing the posts at that section.
Generalized leaning that causes broken boards indicates extensive structure weakness, which may be irreparable. You'd need to install a new fence to cut on cost and get a lasting solution in such a case.
For the most part, termites attack and live in your fences silently for years. By the time you spot termite damage like holes, swollen wood or bores, the pests will have depleted your wood's quality. Replacing the entire fence is the feasible solution. And if insects are a nuisance in your area, you might consider a colorbond fence as the perfect option.
Other times, if you're lucky enough, you might notice pests early on. Call us, and we will be happy to assess the damage on your behalf. If we determine the termites have damaged less than 25% of your fence, you should repair it by treating and removing the infested boards.
Broken or Missing Wood
Broken or missing boards compromise the strength of your fence. Again, when more than 25% of the boards are broken or missing, you should consider replacing the entire fence.
However, if there are only a few missing or broken boards, you only need to repair them, and you'd be good to go.
Age takes a toll on your fence, eventually. So if your fence has served for more than 20 years and it shows signs of damages, then it could be time to replace it.
Repairing an old fence that's more than 20 years old will be too expensive since most damages will be recurring problems.
Routine fence maintenance can save you many rounds of repair and replacement and increase the wood's life. Ideally, you should stain and seal your fence every 2 to 3 years to improve its look and function.
Call an Expert Fencing Contractor Wollongong Today
Knowing whether to replace or repair your fence is an underrated skill, which can save your fence and money. You need to have a keen eye to determine whether the damages need a minor repair or complete replacement.
At Illawarra Fencing Services, we are experienced in all fencing services. Our able team will assess the damages on your fence and advise you on the best solution for a long-lasting fence.