Fences are a common feature of homes throughout the world. They come in all shapes and sizes and serve a range of purposes. Some fences are installed for security; others for aesthetics. If your fence has begun to deteriorate, you may ask yourself whether it is time to repair your fence or to just install a new one. There are a number of things to consider before making this decision, and one mustn’t blindly make a decision without proper forethought. You can convey a message with a fence; you can warn people away, draw people in, or simply make people stop and say “aw that’s cute.”
This page will hope to help you to make the decision to either repair a fence or to replace it with a new one. There are many things to consider, and you may be in two minds, but with the help of this article, you will be better equipped to make that decision.
Should you repair a fence or install a new one you may ask. If you want to find out how you can make that decision, then continuing reading for this page will help you to make that choice.
Inspect Your Fence
The first step is to inspect your fence [or if you have already done this and it is damaged, skip to the next paragraph]. If your fence is damaged, askew, or no longer as aesthetically pleasing as it once was, then it may be time to repair or replace. Equally, if you have a security fence up and it is no longer serving its purpose, then you must make a decision as to whether to replace or repair. When your fence begins to degrade, you mustn’t allow it to continue – you must step in and put a stop to it.
Examine the Damages
Providing your fence is damaged, then it is time to examine the damages and establish whether or not they can even be repaired. Some damages caused to fences are beyond repair; such as wood-rot or bending in the frame.
If this is the case, you’ve no say in the matter and will have to have your fence replaced, or at the very least, have certain panels reinstalled and soldered together [if it is a metal fence]. Feel free to bring a consultant in to aid you in making the decision as to whether the fence is repairable.
Explore Your Options
When you have ascertained your fence is in need of either repair or replacing, then you should explore your options. Your options depend entirely on what type of fence you have, remember that. If you have a vintage wrought-iron gate, then rather than replacing it, seek gates repairs instead. Some fences are far too valuable to replace them, but even so, still, explore your options. Exploring your options will help you to make a more informed decision and one that should contribute to the value of your home and create a nicer aesthetic.
The final thing to take into consideration when replacing or repairing your fence is the purpose of what the fence is for. As was mentioned previously, there are many reasons one may want to have a fence up, with some that require a complete reinstallation if they begin to degrade. Here are some of those:
A security fence must be replaced if it begins to deteriorate. The entire purpose of a security fence is to deter theft or to prevent anyone from breaking into or compromising the security of your home; if your fence is worn down and beaten up, it will be very easy for a thief or criminal to get onto your property and into your home. A security fence must always be in the best condition you can and must always be replaced when it shows signs of deteriorating or degrading, especially electric fences.
If you want a fence to cultivate a pretty aesthetic for your home – then you will, equally, want the fence to be replaced or at the very least repaired. A fence that is showing signs of growing old, or is beginning to break or rot must always be replaced, lest your house looks dirty. A fence can say a lot about a house, and if your fences are not properly installed, or are allowed to deteriorate, it is in many cases a reflection of the owners of the house. Always keep your fence pretty and pristine if you care about aesthetics.
Now, with the help of this page, you know everything that there is to know about making a decision to repair or replace your fences. Fences are a great addition to many homes, providing they are kept clean and serve their purpose. Hopefully, this page helps you make a decision!