6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Garden Fence
Good quality fencing that utilises concrete posts and gravel boards will last well over 20 years if its installed correctly.
But unfortunately, nothing last forever.
Paying out for a new fence is a cost that many people try to avoid.
A newly installed fence will not only improve the security of your home, but there are many different styles of fencing that can have a huge impact on the aesthetic appearance of your home and the cost of the installation is often more than recouped in the additional value added to your property.
If your fence is starting to show signs of wear, it may be time to get a new one installed.
In our latest article, we’re looking at 6 signs that it’s time to replace your garden fence, with the intention of helping you to decide whether it’s time to take the plunge or not.
1. The Fence is Leaning
A leaning fence can be down to a number of reasons. It could be rotten posts, poor installation or cracked concrete.
If your fence is starting to lean, maybe now is the time to get it replaced before it falls over completely?
Sometimes a repair is possible, but the costs of regular repairs can really start to rack up and you may be better off replacing the entire fence.
2. The Panels Have Rotten
We always recommend that you use some form of gravel board, be it timber or ideally concrete to prevent premature rotting of your fence panels.
If panels are in direct contact with the ground, then of course the bottom of the panel is going to rot far quicker than it would if you had gravel boards. The constant moisture the panel will be exposed to will eat away at the timber and before you know it, you’ll have rotten fence panels.
Sometimes, if you have concrete posts then it may be as simple as just replacing the panels, rather than ripping out the entire fence. This of course will have a significant financial cost.
3. The Concrete Posts Are Crumbling
Concrete posts will far outlast and outperform their timber counterparts. But even concrete posts will eventually need replacing.
Concrete posts can crack for a variety of reasons. It could be down to poor quality posts caused by either too much water in the concrete mix, rapid drying of the concrete or improper strength.
But it could also be down to general wear and tear, as like we said, nothing lasts forever.
If the concrete on your posts is starting to crumble, it may time for a new fence.
4. The Panels Have Blown Over
Its very common for us to experience high winds and storms in the UK during the Autumn and Winter months.
If your fence is already in a poor condition, you may find yourself in the unfortunate position of waking up one morning to find your fence lying flat on the ground.
If this does happen, call you local fencing contractor immediately.
5. The Cost of Repairs Is Adding Up
More often that not, the first signs of wear that occurs on your garden fence, can quite easily be repaired.
If may be a case of replacing a couple of the featheredge boards or installing a concrete repair spur.
But if you find yourself continuously having to repair your garden fence, you’ll notice that the costs quickly add up and its worth considering replacing the entire fence as it is often the most cost-effective solution in the long term.
It will also save you time as you’ll no longer have to carry out repair works, and you’ll be able to sleep safely in the knowledge that you won’t wake up to find your fence is on the ground.
6. You’re Having a Garden Makeover
If you are considering having a garden makeover, then its probably a good opportunity to replace your garden fence too.
Especially if its looking a little worse for wear, as it would be a great time to do it for several reasons.
Financially, it would be a cost-effective time to have it replaced as your chosen landscaper will be able to install it whilst they are already on site carrying out other works. They may also be able to access your fencing easier whilst other works are going on.
If you are having a new patio installed it would be the perfect time to replace any fencing that will run alongside your patio.
There are also many different styles of fencing that can be used to compliment other aspects of your garden and a new fence can really put the icing on the cake of any garden overhaul.
If you have decided that’s it time to replace your garden fence, why not give us a call now on 01245 80 71 80?
Our professional fence installation service covers most of Essex including Chelmsford, Brentwood, Billericay, Southend, Basildon, Maldon, Wickford and Grays.
We’ll arrange for a convenient time to pop over for a free site visit and we can discuss the different options available to you when it comes to having a new fence installed. We have options to suit every property modern or traditional at a cost that fits your budget.
If you have any questions regarding our fence installation service in Essex, or anything fencing or landscaping related then why not leave us a comment below?
As always, thanks for reading.