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A high-quality wood fence constructed of pressure treated wood should last upwards of 20 years. However, not all wood used for fences is the same. With that said, some may only last about 10 years. If you are looking to repair your fence in Nashville, here are five signs that you may need to replace it instead.
- The fence is rotting
Having sporadic rot among your fence boards may be something you can simply repair by replacing certain boards. However generalized rot is more of a concern. Rot usually occurs in fence posts and along the bottom edge of the boards since those areas are closest to the ground, and tend to retain moisture. While you can extend the life of your wood fence by staining and sealing it, eventually, nature will run its course and rot will take over your fence.
- The fence is leaning and no longer stable
The natural elements outside eventually will take a toll on your wood fence, which may at some point cause it to lean. A small area that is leaning can usually be repaired by adjusting a fence post or two, but if you have a larger area of your fence that is leaning, that’s usually a sign that your fence has lost strength and at the end of its service.
- It has boards that are split or missing
Again, if you have a board here and there that is split or missing, that’s a simple repair. Lots of boards under this condition, however, is a sign that it is time for a new fence. Even high-quality wood will split after years of being subjected to the elements of wind, sun, and rain. Not only do split or missing boards affect the curb appeal of your fence, but it also compromises the integrity of your fence’s structure.
- Fasteners have become loose or are missing
Fasteners such as screws or nails may become loose over time. While this is normal after many years, sometimes replacing them doesn’t work because the wood is damaged and unable to withstand a screw or nail again. In these instances, replacing your fence when you experience this on a large scale may be the right choice for you.
- The cost to repair outweighs the cost of a new fence
This is probably an obvious reason for most people. If the cost to repair your fence is going to run you as much or more money to replace it, then it is time to just go ahead and get a new fence installed. Our fence installers in Nashville at M.T. Fence & Deck are happy to come out and inspect your fence to help you decide which choice to make.
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Maintaining your wood fence is an essential part of ownership. You may need to stain and seal your deck once every year or so, which helps protect it against the elements so that it will last longer. Also, it is a good idea to repair your fence as needed when small problems arise. That way, you can prolong the life of your fence.
If you would like to learn more about fence repair or replacement, please contact M.T. Fence & Deck by calling (931) 394-3400. Our Nashville fence contractors will be happy to provide you with a free estimate.
M.T. Fence & Deck serves residential and commercial customers in the areas of Nashville, Hermitage, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.