Your Guide to Fence Repair and Installation in NoVA
An attractive fence in good condition can do so much more than just delineate the borders of your property: it protects pets and children, boosts your curb appeal, and raises your property value. But if it has fallen into disrepair (or you don't have one to begin with), you're missing out on all those perks.
If you're looking at your options for repair or replacement, you probably have a few questions. This handy guide covers everything you need to know to get the perfect option for your property. Once you're ready to get started, Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket can help. Our professional fence repair experts have the skill and hands-on experience to get the job done efficiently. We are committed to exceptional customer care and quality workmanship.
What Are the Parts Called?
This might sound rudimentary (how complicated can it be?) but it's good to know the terms for various parts so we're all on the same page.
Posts: Also referred to as columns, these are the vertical parts that hold the structure up. They are usually buried several feet into the ground and reinforced with concrete.
Rails: These pieces are attached to the posts horizontally, running parallel to the ground, and are usually on the back.
Pickets or slats: These can be vertical or horizontal. They're attached to the rails and form the most visible part of the structure.
Some have more elaborate elements such as lattice, trim, or kick boards, while others have fewer, such as chain link structures that are just posts and panels of chain link.
What Types of Fence Can I Have Installed?
It pays to consider the pros and cons of each type of fence if you're thinking of having a new one installed. Here are a few popular choices that have been installed by Mr. Handyman on Northern Virginia properties.
A classic icon of Americana, there are dozens of wood fence styles and they tend to add a lot to your curb appeal with their natural charm. They're also an environmentally friendly option. However, they do require more maintenance than other types and will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years depending on the type of wood.
Also known as PVC, these come in a variety of styles, some of which mimic the look of wood. They're lower maintenance than wood, but there are downsides. Initial material costs can be higher, extreme weather can cause warping and fading, and since they're plastic, they're not the most eco-friendly choice.
Wrought Iron Fences
If you're looking for elegance and vintage style, this material is a must. It's an extremely durable option—there are wrought iron structures that have been standing for a century and still look great. Upfront installation costs for this luxury material are high, but it's very secure and only needs a coat of rust-resistant paint every couple years for maintenance.
Chain Link Fences
The most functional option, these are all about utility but fall short in the appearance category. On the upside, they're inexpensive, durable, and low maintenance. Expect them to last about 20 years before they need replacement.
How Do I Know If My Fence Needs Repair?
To check for signs of damage, walk along it on both sides and examine it from as many angles as possible, looking for these signs that need attention:
Cracked, broken, or splintered timber
Rust stains & other discoloration
Unstable, sagging, wobbly fence posts
Loose or bent chain link panels
Moisture damage such as wood rot — a form of decay from fungi that consume damp timber
Contact with the ground (only posts should be touching the soil)
Paint or wood stain that’s chipped & peeling
Vinyl fading due to prolonged exposure to sun
Squeaking or broken hinges & latches on fence gates
City bylaw violations (if you've received a notice that your structure is too high or encroaching on city property, it can be shortened or relocated)
What Should I Do for Maintenance?
Your fence should be a part of your annual maintenance checklist so you can inspect it annually for signs of disrepair and take a few simple steps to keep it in good condition.
Here are a few maintenance tips:
Remove weeds from nearby and keep bushes trimmed back where possible so leaves don't come into contact.
Sweep or dig out loose rocks and dirt that has built up underneath (especially around wood).
Exterminate pests such as termites and carpenter ants that are attempting to set up a nest.
Clean exterior areas at least once per year. A spray from the garden hose may suffice for chain link, but Mr. Handyman's pressure washing services will blast away dirt and grime from all types of material efficiently and effectively.
Do I Need Fence Repair or Fence Replacement?
Repairs are usually an efficient and cost-effective way to get your property back in great shape, but there are some situations in which repair just isn't going to cut it.
Here are some situations where sections or the entire fence needs to be replaced:
More than around 25% of the total is damaged by factors such as weather, neglect, or normal wear and tear.
It was hit by a vehicle or falling tree and has suffered extensive damage.
Termites or other wood-destroying insects have infested it.
You want a new style or material to enhance the look of your home and add property value.
Mr. Handyman is NoVA's Top Choice for Fence Repair Services
From a simple post repair to a major fence replacement project, the qualified experts at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket will deliver efficient, high-quality results.
Give us a call today at 703-621-4817, or request service via our online contact form, and we'll show you why we're Northern Virginia's most trusted handyman company!