When to Repair Vs. Replace Your Fence

If your fence has seen better days, you may be wondering if you should repair it or tear the whole thing down and start over. Thankfully, understanding the best plan for your fencing system is a relatively simple process.

Should I Repair My Ottawa Fence?

The first step of considering Ottawa fence repair is looking for signs of repairable damage. But what is repairable fence damage? Here’s what to look for:

1. Broken posts.

If you have a wood fence, cracked and splitting posts can weaken your overall fencing system. If strong wind or other forces push against a weak post, an entire section of your fence may collapse. Check for cracks in your fence’s main, supporting posts. Some cracking is normal, but cracks that go deep into the wood should be repaired.

2. Bent or rusted metal.

For chain-link fencing, bending metal is a big indicator of a weak or old system. If you find bent or broken sections of fence, you may need to do a partial replacement. You should also look for rust. Small sections of rusted metal can likely be replaced, but larger damage may require a completely new system.

3. Erosion and deterioration.

If you have a stone or concrete fence, cracking could be a sign that repairs are necessary. You should also look for deterioration near the base of the fence, as water on or under the ground can lead to erosion. Looking for brittle or powdering grout is another important part of determining the condition of your fence.

Should I Replace My Ottawa Fence?

Sometimes, a fence is in such poor condition that repairs won’t be enough to salvage it. In other cases, repairs may actually be more time and money-consuming than replacing the entire system. Here are a few indicators that a complete replacement is your best option:

1. Rotting wood.

Wood fences are subject to rot, mold, and other weather-related damages, especially if they’re exposed to harsh conditions like rain and snow. Look for signs of rot including a musty or damp smell near the fence, areas of wood that look darker or wet, and sections that feel soft or spongy when touched. If large sections of your wood fence are rotted, a complete replacement may be necessary.

2. Broken or bowing metal.

For metal fences, large sections of split or bowing metal might mean replacement is the best next step. You should also look for other damage like worn-down welding, rusting, and sections of disconnected chain-link. Generally, if your metal fence has large sections of damage, replacement is a good idea.

3. Complete deterioration.

Erosion and deterioration are a common part of the stone and concrete fence lifecycle, but if entire stones or large sections of concrete become brittle or flaky, replacement may be your best bet. Take extra time to look for this sort of damage near the bottom of your fence as a weak base runs the risk of weakening your entire fence.

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