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Fence Repair 101: Pro Tips

Whether an elegant wrought iron design, classic wood, or a charming white picket frames your Norfolk County home, regular maintenance is key for keeping it looking its best. Not only does your fence contribute to your curb appeal and make a first impression on your visitors, it also serves a few other important functions.

Fences mark your property lines, provide privacy, keep playing pets and children safe, and protect your home. There are many types of fences, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. And from time to time, no matter what style or material you have, it will need a little TLC to stay in the best condition possible. That's where the pros at Mr. Handyman of Central -- Eastern Norfolk County and S. Shore come in. Our service professionals can complete a range of services that will ensure your original fence puts its best post forward—so to speak. From installing a new model to fence restoration and repair, we've got it covered.

Depending on the style you have at your Norfolk County home, there are a few different care considerations you should be aware of. Keep reading to learn more about the variety of fence materials, as well as their pros, cons and common repairs to watch for.

Wooden Fences

The most traditional choice for American homes, there are many wood styles—making it an excellent material for a variety of tastes. Traditional homes look darling with a sweet white picket along the front lawn, and modern houses shine next to a paired-down style. Originally, redwood and cedar were popular construction options because of their affordability and natural decomposition resistance.

These days, wood is being replaced by synthetic materials because of rising lumber costs. Although many of these materials, such as vinyl, are more cost-effective, there is a trade-off. Wood tends to be a far more environmentally friendly material. Especially because there are many weather proofing and treatment options that contain environmentally conscious stabilizers and preservatives. These chemicals protect wood fences from a variety of damage, and can be safely disposed of once the wood has gotten too worn.

Even with regular care and maintenance, wood doesn't last forever. The longevity of your wood fence depends on the type of wood used. Cedar can last up to 30 years. Other materials, like pine, only last around a decade. Even treated wood is subject to damage from time to time.

Common repairs include:

  • Staining and damage from the elements

  • Wood rot and insect damage

  • Missing boards or pickets

  • Leaning posts and fallen panels

  • Swelling from moisture and humidity.

  • Peeling paint

  • Splinters

  • Popping nails

Wrought Iron Fences

There's a reason why wrought iron is known as the “100-year fencing.” It truly does last seemingly indefinitely. How many historic homes or heritage buildings in Norfolk County have you admired that are framed by an elegant wrought iron design?

Wrought iron is a luxury material for good reason. It's highly durable, requires little maintenance, and has a timeless aesthetic.

This material also offers a high level of security, as it's very difficult to break, cut, or tear down. That said, it's quite a financial investment to install and requires a highly specialized welder to build. Also, wrought iron does not offer as much privacy as other materials. This could be beneficial if you want to enjoy the view around your home, but it's not to every homeowner's taste.

Should you be fortunate enough to live in a home with a wrought iron fence, take care of it by applying a fresh coat of rust-resistant paint at least once a year. Although it will require few repairs, a couple of issues to watch out for include:

  • Rusting

  • Patchy or faded paint

  • Corrosion

Chain Link Fences

Although this style is limited aesthetically, it has many other benefits. For instance, chain link is very affordable—making it a great material for large properties and commercial spaces. It's also durable, can last up to 20 years, and requires little maintenance.

Made out of interlocking wire mesh and steel posts, chain link is very quick to install and is used often by properties including schools, parking lots, power plants and industrial areas. One drawback to chain link is security. It can be sliced with a pair of wire cutters, so it's best to avoid keeping valuables outdoors.

When your chain link fence becomes damaged, a professional installation and repair service like the team at Mr. Handyman will cut away the broken area and replace it with a new section.

A few common issues with this style also include:

  • Leaning

  • Drooping and sagging

  • Crooked posts

Vinyl Fences

If you don't like the appearance of chain link, and don't want the hassle of maintaining wood, then vinyl might be the option for you. This material has many pros, and a few cons too. Vinyl is made out of PVC (also known as polyvinyl chloride), which is a kind of plastic. It requires very little upkeep, and won't crack or splinter like wood. Likewise, this material won't rot, get infested with pests, or require refinishing (such as paint or stain). It's available in a range of colors and styles, and can even mimic the appearance of wood.

One of the main drawbacks is that initial installation costs can be high, and extreme temperatures may cause vinyl to warp.

Common vinyl repairs include:

  • Leaning posts

  • Missing pickets or panels

  • Staining from bacteria and algae

Book Our Expert Services Today!

Whether you need a section or the entire fence repaired, when you hire a professional fence contractor at Mr. Handyman, you choose honest, transparent, quality service. We offer top-notch fence repair services at a reasonable cost for both commercial and residential properties. Our team will work diligently to right crooked posts, replace rotted planks, or install custom fencing around your property. Our customers are always our top priority, so you can count on our company to deliver quality workmanship and courteous service with every job.

To schedule one of our fencing professionals, or ask any questions about our services, we invite you to phone our friendly office staff at 508-465-2092. You can also fill out our contact form online for more information.