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Observing Proper Fence Etiquette – The Rules of Fence Installation  

Observing Proper Fence Etiquette – The Rules of Fence Installation   When installing a new fence, you have to consider your next-door neighbors for obvious reasons. Unlike most structures built in and around the home, a fence is shared by more than one household, making it necessary to ensure that all the parties involved are satisfied before the last nail is hammered in.     Installing a fence requires some etiquette. You may think all you need is your HOA’s permission, but you also need to think about whether your immediate neighbors are...

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The Timeless Elegance of Wrought Iron Fencing

The Timeless Elegance of Wrought Iron Fencing Wrought iron fences have, over the decades, become a ubiquitous feature in high-end buildings, government institutions, large private estates, and grand manors. They impart an elegant appeal to structures with their ornate metalwork and stunningly stylish designs, but also offer sensible security. The Victorian appeal of wrought iron fences comes from their ability to be designed as both ornamental and as useful security features that can add an air of elegance to any home. The designs range...

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Fences and Landscaping – The Magic of Partition Fences 

Fences and Landscaping – The Magic of Partition Fences  Erecting exterior perimeter fences is pretty much the standard these days in residential areas. They provide security as well as aesthetic appeal. Although security and beauty are important, fences are capable of doing much more. Interior fences aren’t as common as perimeter structures. Interior fences help to define spaces as well as to create opportunities within the homesite. An interior fence can help designate specific areas of your property to serve different functions such as a...

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A Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide to Picking out the Right Aluminum Fencing

A Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide to Picking out the Right Aluminum Fencing

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8 Benefits of Vinyl Fencing 

8 Benefits of Vinyl Fencing  Do you want to explore alternatives to classic wood or iron fencing? Perhaps you should consider vinyl fencing. Vinyl fencing is nothing like it used to be, thanks to technology. They make them stronger, durable and versatile for all fencing purposes. Many homeowners have found vinyl fencing to be of satisfactory standards when it comes to security, privacy, and decorations. But that’s not the end of it. In this post, you will discover all the benefits of vinyl fencing that you have been...

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Professional vs. DIY Fence Installation 

Professional vs. DIY Fence Installation    When deciding whether to have your fence installed professionally or to do it yourself, you might be thinking about the personal touch you can bring to your yard with a DIY fence. The lower cost of DIY may also be a big factor, as you’ll only need to pay for materials if you’re willing to put in some work. Depending on the type of fence you intend to install...

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Essential Pointers to Choosing a Top-Notch Fence Company

Essential Pointers to Choosing a Top-Notch Fence Company   There are lot of things to consider when making a purchase of any kind. However, one aspect that proves crucial is your experience. When it comes to fence installations, it’s much more intimate than a mere purchase since you are placing your own yard in the hands of a stranger who you hope will do it justice. Just like any business endeavor, you’re essentially investing your money and you therefore ought to get in...

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A Guide to Find the Best Vinyl Fence Company in Baton Rouge

A Guide to Find the Best Vinyl Fence Company in Baton Rouge There is nothing like a beautiful and secure home – it is the epitome of the American dream. Every little element in your home is a reflection of your style and personality. The first thing your guests or potential home buyers will notice is your fence. For a higher resale value and neighborly esteem, you need to ensure that the surrounding of your home has the highest standards of beauty and security. You can achieve that with vinyl fencing. Anything that wood...

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How to Pick Out a Good Residential Fence Company 

How to Pick Out a Good Residential Fence Company  How to Pick Out a Good Residential Fence Company  The setting of any home depicts the lifestyle the dwellers typically lead. This is particularly true since emotions play the most significant part in your ultimate choice of a home.  With this in mind, it is therefore essential that you take time to make up your mind on what you need to be incorporated into your house.   If your objective is to impress your guests and establish a fantastic first impression, then the exterior...

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What You Need to Know About Wood Fence Repair  

What You Need to Know About Wood Fence Repair  

Wood Fence Repair - Know the Damage and How to Fix it 

For your wood fence to last for a longer time, you must do regular maintenance practices such as staining, power washing as well as repairs when, for instance, the climate, mold or termites have had some adverse effects on your wood fence. The wood fence repair you’ll do will depend on various factors including how bad the fence is damaged and the type of wood used, among other factors. Read on to discover what causes damage to your wood fence and how you to determine the right repairs. 

The influences that lead to wood fence damage include: 

  • Wood rails and Posts Damage

Wood fences comprise posts running vertically and rails running horizontally. Posts and rails may get damaged because of various factors like high, strong winds, insect damage (such as termites and beetles), or even rot. Repairing wood rails and posts depends on the fence design and type of wood. However, it is advisable that you don’t try to do the repair yourself, since if you don’t do it correctly (especially for rails), the fence can be more susceptible to damage and you will likely end up calling a professional anyway. 

  • Shifting ground under the fence

Soil shifting due to rain or snow may make the posts to sag and shift, which compromises the entire fence. This is the reason fence posts must be installed at least 3 feet underground or better still, in concrete foundation.

  • Wood cracks and holes

Due to factors like climatic conditions and insect infestation, your wood fence can develop cracks and holes over time. This may call for patching or refinishing slats, boards, and panels if the cracks and holes aren’t too extensive. However, if you think the damage may negatively affect the entire fence, you may need to replace the damaged wood. 

  • Wood fence rot

Naturally, wood is susceptible to rot. You have the option to repair wood rot by patching and supporting the rotten rails and posts. However, if the rot is severe, you should consider replacing support boards and panels. Some wood species like redwood and cedar handle moisture better, but they’re a little more expensive. Better still, use wood that’s not waterproof so you can treat it with paint or stain to make it more durable. 

  • Sagging posts and gate

Because of soil shifts or rot, the wood posts may sag, which doesn’t necessarily mean they need replacement. You can correct this by digging around the posts, putting them back in their upright position and pouring concrete around the base. You can also use diagonal braces to hold them in place.  Sagging posts or the heaviness of a gate may force its frame to go out of the right alignment, which makes the gate to sag. You can repair this by installing a tension rod that has a turnbuckle adjustment. Better still, remove the gate and attach new wood diagonal braces to hold it in place. 

  • Weather damage

Applying wood paint or stains can protect your wood fence from weather damages for long. How long your wood fence will be protected against the weather elements, except, of course, wind and insect infestation, will depend on the type of paint or stain you’ll use. So, it’s essential to get a quality stain or paint. Remember to power-wash the wood surfaces before you paint or stain the wood. 

  • Wood replacement panels

Due to storms or wind, panels get damaged and need replacement. Their cost varies depending on wood type and the stains that were used when they were installed. It is advisable to call in a professional to do the wood fence repair, especially if more than one panel needs replacement. 

  • Wood gate repairs

Over time, your once-strong gate becomes weak, the hinges become creaky, and the latches won’t catch. It needs repairs. If your wooden gate sags, the hinges can become a problem whether or not the posts have been installed in concrete. Again, some gates have latches which work with handles that are pushed or pulled, and when, for instance, posts shift, the latches won’t reach making it had to close the gate. While you can fix this, calling a professional is advisable. 

Factors that influence the extent of wood fence repair:

Amount of damage

How bad the damage is will determine the repair costs, of course, depending on wood type. For instance, pressure-treated wood come with lots of preservatives, which make it last almost indefinitely. Again, some wood species like redwood and cedar handle moisture better. Therefore, investing in such wood will significantly minimize repair costs.

Fence Height

Fence heights vary depending on your city codes and your expectations. This, in turn, affects the costs of your wood fence repairs.

Concrete 

When repairing wooden fences with a concrete foundation, you must dig the old posts and foundation up in case they need replacement. You will then use new concrete and set the posts in the right position using braces while the new concrete dries. While concrete foundation can be a little expensive, it supports the posts very well. 

Supporting structure

Often, when doing wood fence repair, the posts are the major area of concern should they rot or break since they support the panels and rails. If posts shift out of position, they need to be reset afresh deeper or in concrete foundation.

Usually, damaged posts need patching, refinishing, or replacement depending on the damage and its effect on the other parts of the fence. The total cost of repairing fence supporting structure will be determined by the damage extent, labor required, wood type and number of posts needed.

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