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How Do I Know When to Hire Fence Repair or Replacement Services?

Fence repair is an important, if perhaps underrated, part of property ownership in the Lehigh Valley. It contributes to your curb appeal, marks property lines, and can even affect privacy. Not to mention, one of its most important functions is to provide security and keep your children and pets safe.

Yet, when it looks like it's seen better days, your fence no longer keeps your property secure and could be a serious eyesore on your block. This may agitate your neighbors and garner the impression that you don't take good care of your home.

But, when you notice issues with your fence, how do you know what can be repaired and when it's time to replace it entirely?

To help you make an informed decision, the pros at Mr. Handyman of Easton, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Allentown, and the Lehigh Valley put together this helpful guide. Keep reading to learn more about common issues that can be repaired, how to minimize the need for repairs and when to hire replacement services.

Common Fence Repairs

Like anything else in your home, your fence will require a little TLC from time to time so it's kept in its best condition. Wind, rain, sunshine and pests can all take a toll on your outdoor structure. Keep it functioning and looking like new by hiring our pro repair team to solve all the following problem areas:

Wood Fence Repair

Wood is one of the most traditional construction materials, and it has many merits. It's usually an eco-friendly material, especially with the use of biodegradable sealants.

Usually, cedar wood is made for outdoor structures including decks and fences because it's less likely to rot than other varieties. Wood can be painted and stained a wide variety of colors, and typically lasts a maximum of 15 years—depending on how well it is maintained.

Yet, this material is more high-maintenance than others and requires fairly regular upkeep and repairs. Some of these concerns include:

  • Wood Rot: The nemesis of wooden structures, rot is a microscopic fungus that decays wood. Unfortunately, once wood rot has taken hold it starts to spread fairly quickly, requiring slat, plank and post repair. Signs of rot include soft wood, white or yellow discoloration and crumbling pieces.

  • Peeling Paint: Not only does peeling paint look unattractive, but it can also cause wood to deteriorate more rapidly. Paint helps protect wood structures from rot and other types of decay.

  • Missing Pickets: Whether you notice a wooden gate panel has fallen loose or a cross beam has fallen down, it's important to repair damaged sections right away.

  • Leaning: This is one of the most common issues with all types of fences. Over time, gravity will take its toll on the structure, and it will need to be righted.

  • Pests: When you think of insects that love wood, what comes to mind? Termites. These pesky critters are found throughout Pennsylvania. Once they start gnawing on your wood fence, you'll need an effective repair service—besides having to call in a pest control squad.

Pro Tip:

Keep an eye out for rot in your other wooden structures, including decks, porches and gazebos!

Vinyl Fence Repair

One of the most durable materials available, vinyl is increasing in popularity because it lasts quite a long time and requires minimal maintenance. Vinyl is made out of polyvinyl chloride or PVC. Usually, it lasts for up to 30 years. This material is available in a range of colors and designs. However, it's not very eco-friendly.

Even though this material is very strong, it's not impervious to damage. Common issues with vinyl include:

  • Damage from Impacts: Hail, tree branches falling and even cars backing up will seriously damage your vinyl pickets. Unfortunately, it's tricky to replace only part of a vinyl structure, so the entire fence may need to be replaced.

  • Fading: Most modern vinyls are made to be resistant to UV rays. However, with prolonged exposure to the sun, it's still possible the color may fade. The good news is, vinyl can be easily painted to regain its luster.

Chain Link Fence Repair

This material is a low-cost option more commonly used on commercial properties or large sections of land, and usually lasts for around 20 years. Aside from human-caused damage such as wire cutting, there are a couple of other problems that can affect this material:

  • Corrosion: Typically, chain link is made out of galvanized or coated steel. While it's rust-resistant, it's still possible for the metal to corrode over time.

  • Drooping/Sagging: Gravity impacts even the sturdiest materials, and it's common for chain link to droop as time goes on. Also, playing children climbing up and down chain link will cause this to happen more rapidly. In severe cases, the chain link may pull off its posts entirely.

When to Replace Your Fence

Unless you're keen to give your property a mini-facelift with new fencing (and perhaps a little landscaping), there are a couple of clear instances when fence repair just won't cut it:

  • Significant Damage: If your outdoor structure has been seriously neglected and is falling apart, or if a bad storm or car accident has demolished it, you'll need to invest in replacement services.

  • Serious Leaning: Sometimes it's better to install a new fence rather than struggle to correct one that is leaning significantly. Our pro repairmen can provide professional insight into what course of action is best for your situation.

  • Security Threat: Your fence should keep your property safe. If your new puppy is constantly finding a way out or your children can crawl through gaps because the slats are too far apart, you need a new fence.

Pro Tip:

The key to minimizing repairs is regular maintenance. At least twice a year, walk through your property and look for damaged areas that need addressing. In many cases, this can prevent the issue from worsening to the point where you need repairs. Another helpful tip is to wash your fence regularly. This can be done with a garden hose, bucket and soapy water—or by using a power washing service, the more efficient option.

Call the Pros at Mr. Handyman Today!

Whether you need help with fence repair, replacement, or installation services, the team at Mr. Handyman of Easton, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Allentown, and the Lehigh Valley is up to the task. Our service professionals have the years of experience, training and industry knowledge to get the job done right the first time.

To book a replacement or repair job today, we invite you to call us at 610-463-1667! We proudly serve Allentown, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and all nearby areas!