Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: The Top Signs You Need a New Fence
In 2017, New Mexico ranked highest when it came to the most number of burglaries in the country. It also ranked second-highest for most auto theft cases.
That should be enough reason for you to consider investing in a new fence if you don't have one yet. After all, burglars themselves admit that fences deter them from their illegal activities.
But even if you have an existing fence, so long as it's damaged, it wouldn't do much to improve your security. That's why it pays to know if it's time for a new fencing system.
So, if you notice any of these signs, take them as a sign you need a replacement fence!
Warping or Sagging
Wood fence panels are prone to warping, which can make your fence look deformed. This occurs when certain parts of the board get exposed to varying moisture levels. This difference in moisture can cause one part of the board to dry faster than the rest.
As a result, the dryer areas tend to shrink much quicker. This can then place more stress on the material, resulting in the board's shape to change. Warped fences can look lopsided and bent.
Bad looks aside, the warping can also cause sagging, which can make the fence unstable. Unstable fences aren't only easier to knock down -- they can also be a safety risk if they collapse.
So, before any of these dangers occur, get those warped panels replaced. Better yet, consider getting a new fencing system as it's likely many of the old boards are already warped.
New Mexico's dry weather conditions can cause dry rot in your fencing system. The areas of your fence most affected by this type of rotting are those that get a lot of sun exposure.
The most common signs of dry rot include excessive dryness and brittleness. The wood may even crumble under your fingers when you touch the area affected by dry rot.
Either way, you should consider replacing your fence if you see these symptoms. Dry rot causes wood to break apart and crack, compromising the fence's integrity. This can ultimately lead to the panels becoming detached from their frame.
Too much moisture can cause wet rot, and this kind of fence damage is common during New Mexico's rainy season. Areas of your fence that can develop this type of rotting are the lower portions of the panels. You may also notice the damage affecting the lower parts of your fence posts.
A common sign of wet rot is fungus on damp boards and posts. You may also notice a musty odor akin to moldy bread or wet socks.
If dry rot causes brittleness, wet rot can turn your fence into a mushy mess. Molds can also hasten their degradation.
Cracking and Splitting All Over
Exposure to high temperatures can also cause cracks in your wooden fence. This splitting already signals a weakened fence and frame structure.
As more cracks develop, their ends are more likely to meet, causing bigger damages and even holes. The cracks can also affect the areas closest to the fasteners and joints. It won't be long until your fence starts to fall apart.
Dents on fence panels can result from warping or "physical trauma". The latter can occur if something crashed onto your fence. Even something as simple as a basketball hitting it constantly can also cause dents.
For smaller (and fewer) dents, repairs may be more practical. But if there's a lot of dented areas affecting many panels, they can be too expensive to repair. In this case, an entire fence replacement may be more cost-effective.
Loose, Rusted, or Missing Fasteners
The screws, nails, and joints are the parts of your fence that need regular replacement. They can rust and corrode over time, and bad weather can even blow them away.
But frequent replacement can also affect the panels that these fasteners attach to. Plus, the boards may also be already affected by wet or dry rot. In this case, you're better off with a new fence.
The Fence Has Already Seen Many Repairs
It's best to contact a professional fencing contractor to get estimates for both a repair and a new fence. This way, you can compare repair fees vs new fence cost. Then, consider the money you've already spent on previous repairs.
If the total is near or even more than what you'd spend on a new fencing system, then go for the latter. You'd shell out more upfront, but at least, you won't have to keep spending money on further repairs. Plus, reliable fence companies offer guarantees and warranties on their services.
Your Kid Can Now Walk
If your child is now a toddler or is nearing the age of crawling and walking, it's time to get a new fence. With a security fence, you'll feel at ease knowing there's a barrier keeping your little one safe.
You’re Adopting a Dog
If you're welcoming a new dog to the family, it's best to have a strong, solid fence around your property. First, this will help prevent your dog from running away. Second, it assures you that your dog won't bite anyone in case it feels threatened.
Because no matter how lovable dogs are, they can still bite, as that's how they defend themselves. If they wander out of your property, see a stranger, and feel scared, they may bite that person. And unfortunately, it happens quite often -- in the U.S., about 4.7 million dog bites occur every year.
Get that New Fence Now
There you have it, the many signs (and reasons) you need a new fence. In fact, even if you simply want to boost curb appeal, then a security and privacy fence is a good investment. At the end of the day though, a strong fence is more about making your home safer and more secure.
Keep in mind that in the U.S., a burglary occurred every 22.6 seconds in 2017. With a solidly-built fence, you can prevent your home from becoming part of the statistics.
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