Fence damage is avoidable. The weather is a significant factor regarding the appearance and structural integrity of your fence. However, there are preventative measures you can take to ensure your fence is beautiful and durable for many years to come. Here is how you can prevent common types of fence damage.
Why Corrosion Happens and How to Prevent It
Materials experience corrosion after a lot of exposure to sunlight and moisture. Wood fences experience this kind of deterioration in the form of mold or rot. If you’re a resident of a wet climate, pick a material appropriate for wet, moisture-filled environments. Go for a water-resistant material and keep the wood clean by wiping it down and brushing away grime.
Why Gaps and Holes Appear and How to Prevent Them
Holes and missing slats happen most commonly with wood fences. Typically, this type of fence damage occurs after a storm or an inclement weather event. If a slat comes off, the cause is usually inadequate fastening. The best preventative measure is hiring a professional fence installation company like us to install your fence in the first place. If there are any necessary repairs, leave that to the professionals as well.
The Risks of Sagging Gates and Why It Happens
You want to address a sagging gate because otherwise, your property becomes less secure. For example, if your sagging gate creates a large hole, your pet(s) may be able to slip through it. When a gate sags, it usually stems from the gate tilting or when inclement weather affects the gate’s structure. Call a professional to assess and determine your gate’s durability if you suspect that it’s not robust like it used to be.
Stains: The Most Noticeable Type of Fence Damage
While it’s not always obvious your fence isn’t as strong as it used to be, most homeowners can spot a stain from a mile away. You can wash a stain off a metal fence, but a stain can sink into wood fences and become permanent. Avoid this by choosing a low-maintenance color. For a metal fence, a black finish is the easiest to maintain. For a wooden fence, try a dark, heavily textured pattern. Also, clean and brush your fence and never use any liquid cleaning solvents without testing a small area first.
The Cause of Titled Posts and How to Prevent Them
When a post tilts, it’s due to:
- Changes in the ground beneath the fence
- The weathering of an individual post
If left unaddressed, warping can happen. Ensure that the ground is stable, and if not, setting each post in concrete is an option. Rackable fences are also an option. They’re ideal for slopes and uneven topography.
Get in Touch With Hercules Fence Today
Hercules Fence has experience with nearly every type of residential and commercial fencing material imaginable, from wood and aluminum to chain link, vinyl, steel, and even temporary fencing. We have developed a reputation for quality work and fair, competitive prices. Hercules Fence is ready to serve you from six convenient locations. We have offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.
If you have any questions about finding your dream fence or fence maintenance, you can contact Hercules Fence today by calling (757) 316-3600 or visit FencesNewportNews.com today for a free quote.