Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Wooden Fence

Wooden fences are highly attractive when first installed on Wesley Chapel, FL properties, but they do require some ongoing maintenance over the years, whether it’s replacing a board here and there, repainting or refinishing the whole fence or straightening a post that might have gotten a little crooked.

At some point, though, there’s only so much benefit to performing simple maintenance, and it will become more worth your while to replace the fence entirely rather than keep making these repairs.

Here are a few of the most common signs that indicate it’s time to invest in wooden fence replacement on your property:

  • There’s a lot of rot: Wooden fence rot in Wesley Chapel, FL is perhaps the first sign that will indicate the fence has outlasted its useful life. There’s not a whole lot you can do to repair rot once it occurs. While you can protect your wood from rot by staying on top of refinishing and repainting it over the years, eventually all wood that’s exposed to the elements will begin to deteriorate. If it’s just one board, you can easily replace it, but if it’s happening across a significant portion of the fence, then you’ll need to consider replacing the entire thing.
  • The fence is leaning: Over the years, the structural integrity of your fence will weaken, as will its hold in the ground. You’ll likely begin to notice the fence leaning one way or another as it ages. This is especially common in areas that see harsh winters with freezing and thawing cycles, or areas where the fence is exposed to heavy winds on a regular basis. You might be able to temporarily resolve this issue by adjusting some of the fence posts, but this fix will only last so long, as the damage has already been done.
  • Discoloration in the wood: There are some types of woods that will naturally change color over time, and this is not necessarily a sign that anything is wrong. Cedar, for example, goes from brown to a silver color as it ages. Other types of wood, however, are not supposed to fade or deteriorate in this manner, and discoloration can be a sign that the wood is weakening or aging to the point where it will need to be replaced.
  • Obvious wear or damage: Everyday wear and tear will happen. Branches will fall and hit the fence, kids or pets will run into it or throw toys against it and animals might chew on it. Again, while replacing a single board here and there isn’t necessarily going to be a problem, eventually the wear or damage will become too significant to be worth replacing small sections over and over.
  • You want a new look: If you’re doing some new landscaping and the fence you have simply doesn’t fit the aesthetic you’re looking for, it might be worth making the replacement simply for that reason.

For more signs that you need to schedule wooden fence replacement in Wesley Chapel, FL, contact the team at Embassy Construction and Remodeling, LLC today.

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