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Your Fence Repair and Style Guide

Whether a charming white picket, elegant wrought iron, or classic wood, your fence plays a vital role for your home. It clearly marks property lines—avoiding any confusion with your neighbors—provides privacy in your yard, contributes to your curb appeal and keeps playing children and pets out of harm's way. Perhaps you already have a fence, but if you're contemplating installing a new one the choices can seem endless.

Installing a new fence is a big decision. Not only should you choose materials that match your home's aesthetic, are durable and last a long time, but are also straightforward to repair. With a range of options available to you, it helps to know a little about each type before investing in new fencing.

To help you feel informed about your choice, read on to discover the pros and cons of different fencing, common fence repairs associated with each variety, and how the pros at Mr. Handyman can help with both your repair and installation needs.

Wood Fence

A wooden fence is the traditional choice for most American homes. It's design can vary considerably, making it a fantastic option for most aesthetics. For instance, both modern and traditionally designed homes can look great with wood fencing. Initially, redwood and cedar were popular options because of their affordability and resistance to decomposition. Today, the rising cost of lumber prices has lead to an increase in synthetic materials replacing the traditional wood fence. While these materials, like vinyl, may be more cost-effective, wood is by far the most eco-friendly material. The boards can be treated with environmentally conscious stabilizers and preservatives that protect them from termite damage and swelling from humidity without harming the soil or groundwater. When too worn, wood can also safely be disposed of.

With maintenance, how long wood fences last depends on the type of wood used. For instance, a cedar fence will last between 15 and 30 years whereas a pine fence will only last up to 12 years. A few common wood fence repairs include:

  • Leaning fence posts and fallen panels

  • Staining and damage from the elements

  • Rot and insect damage

  • Missing boards or pickets

  • Peeling paint

  • Splinters

  • Popping nails

Chain Link Fence

Although this material does not offer the same range of styles as wood, chain link models have a variety of benefits. This style has many economic advantages, is highly durable and affordable and requires little maintenance. The materials used include interlocking and woven wire mesh and steel posts. Chain link is also quite quick to install and is a popular choice for many commercial spaces—including power plants, schools and community centers—because it's very easy to repair when damaged. One drawback to chain link is security. This material can be sliced through with wire cutters, so it might not be the best option if you have valuables lying about your yard or garden—like an outdoor speaker. A professional installer, such as the team at Mr. Handyman, will simply cut away the broken area and replace it with a new section. Chain link should last up to 20 years. A few common issues with this style include:

  • Leaning

  • Crooked posts

  • Drooping and sagging

Vinyl Fence

If you don't like the appearance of chain link and don't want the hassle of wood fencing upkeep, why not consider vinyl? This material has many advantages, and a few disadvantages too. Vinyl is made out of PVC (also known as polyvinyl chloride. It's quite a low-maintenance material, and won't crack or splinter like wood can. Likewise, vinyl won't rot, be infested with pests, or require refinishing as wood might. It can even mimic the appearance of wood. However, initial installation costs can be high and extreme weather may cause vinyl to warp. Also, since this material is a type of plastic, it's not very eco-friendly. Common vinyl repairs include:

  • Missing pickets or panels

  • Staining from bacteria and algae

  • Leaning posts

Wrought Iron Fence

If durability and elegance are your top concerns, then wrought iron is the material for you. Known as the “100-year fencing” wrought iron is extremely durable—even more so than conventional iron. This is why many homeowners living in heritage buildings or historic houses have wrought iron gates and fences. Although a luxury material—it's quite the investment to install—wrought iron requires very little maintenance. Indeed, the only primary maintenance required is to apply a fresh coat of rust-resistant paint every year or so. Wrought iron also offers a very high level of security, as the material is unlikely to be broken, cut through or torn down. It can also keep out large animals and pests from your yard and garden. Although this style might not offer as much privacy as wood or vinyl, if you live in a scenic area then it's ideal. You'll have security, mark your property lines and keep loved ones safe while still being able to enjoy the stunning views around your home. Although wrought iron will require few repairs, a couple of things to watch out for include:

  • Rusting

  • Corrosion

  • Patchy or faded paint

Book Our Pro Services Today!

Are you ready to install a new fence? Or perhaps your current one has seen better days, and you're keen to get it looking good-as-new? Whether your gate is not closing properly or your posts are crooked, our contractors can efficiently repair any damage. In the event you want a new style entirely, or just moved into a new build and don't have a fence yet, our technicians can help you with your installation project. We'll work with you to create a beautiful frame to your already lovely home; giving you the security and privacy you need. Our customers always come first, so you can count on our company to deliver exceptional workmanship and service with every job.

To schedule one of our professional fence repair experts, or ask any questions about our services, we invite you to phone our helpful customer service representatives at 303-647-9132 or request a service online for more information.

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