A fence is a perfect way to maintain privacy, improve security, and boost the curb appeal of your property. While fences are designed to withstand the brunt of the weather and passage of time, they aren’t completely invincible and can be vulnerable to some potential problems. Below is an overview of the three most common issues fence contractors deal with.
The Most Common Fencing Problems
1. Leaning Posts or Panels -A leaning fence isn’t just an eyesore. It can also indicate a problem with the stability of the structure. Leaning, tipping, or tilting can result from any number of possible causes. They include a weakening of the fence posts, either because of damage or age, a shifting of the soil that is preventing a strong and secure foundation for the posts, and damage to any part of the fence from extreme weather events or a heavy object hitting it.
2. Missing Sections-Missing pickets or panels usually stem from weather damage or accident, like a lawnmower or vehicle hitting one portion of the fence. Fortunately, this is typically an easy fix for a fence contractor. Wood pickets can often be replaced as needed, and since vinyl fences come in panels rather than individual posts need to have the whole panel replaced.
3. RotMost -wood fences are treated, which provides a high level of protection against the ravaging effects of insects and wet weather. A fence made of wood in a natural state can become a victim to rot and you’ll want to address the issue as soon as possible. If the cause is an insect infestation, a pest control professional will help identify the source, and a fence contractor can switch out all or some of the pickets as necessary. It’s a good idea never to let pests get close to your home, or the problem will only get worse. If the cause is wet weather, the rot may increase in the next rainfall, which creates a bigger mess to clean up and a larger blight on your property.