As much as you would like your garden fence to last forever, unfortunately, there’s a good chance that’s not going to happen. Modern, high-quality fences may last many years, but they will have to be replaced eventually.
If you have an old, traditional wooden fence that you spend endless hours maintaining, it may be time to replace it. So, how do you know it’s time to have your old fence replaced?
The wood is beginning to rot
Wooden fences always look pristine at first, with their traditional, rustic look, so it can be heart-breaking to see that they are rotting. Over time, wood is bound to decay and can quickly deteriorate once rot begins to set in. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the rot before it spreads and do something about it. Otherwise, you’ll have to replace the fence.
Some panels are missing
Missing, chipped or cracked panels are problematic as they can lead to safety and security issues, plus they’re ugly. Replacing the panels is an option, but that doesn’t mean the problem won’t occur again. It may be more cost effective to replace the entire fence with a more durable option.
Wooden fencing can start to discolour for different reasons, ranging from poor maintenance and rust to fading paintwork and sun exposure. You can treat the fence to reduce the speed of deterioration but nothing can return it to its original colour. You can decide to leave it of course, if the colour is not an issue, but if you do decide to change it, be sure to work with professional Ottawa fence contractors whose advice you can trust.
It has started to lean
The older your fence gets, the weaker it becomes. You may not see the subtle changes at first, but eventually, you’ll start to notice the signs. If your wooden fence starts to lean to one side, it may be more cost effective to have it replaced. If you opt for a temporary fix, you’ll only spend more because that won’t reverse the damage.
Your fence looks out of place
If you’re sick of the look of your fence or have recently updated the look of your house, then feel free to change your fence. There’s no point feeling stuck with a fence that doesn’t feel right anymore.
Considering that repairs keep getting more expensive, getting a new fence is often the more cost effective option.