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Common Fence Problems

common fence problems

Common Fence Problems

Whether your goal is about privacy, protecting your property, or keeping your pets enclosed, it’s clear that your fence is an essential structure on your property. Despite your best efforts, your bound to experience a fence-related issue at some point as a homeowner.

Even if properly maintained, a fence will need to be repaired or replaced eventually. Any structure exposed to the elements will experience some sort of weathering and wear-and-tear down the road. Any structure, fences included, will be susceptible to damage from the elements eventually.

Depending on the material, you can expect your fence to last several years to a couple of decades. Even so, it’s important to keep an eye out for these common fence problems.


1. Leaning Fence Posts or Fallen Panels

There are several reasons why a fence post may start to lean. However; the most common reason is due to wind damage. Heavy winds or storms can wreak havoc on any structure, and fencing isn’t an exception. If high winds have caused your fence to lean, you may be able to easily repair it without having to call a professional. Soil-related issues, such as erosion may also be contributing to leaning fencing. If you suspect this to be an issue, call a landscaping company with drainage system experience to help correct the problem.

2. Poorly Installed Fencing

A poorly installed fence will greatly reduce its durability, functionality, and lifespan. Common installation problems include: not setting fence post holes deep enough, utility line damage upon ground excavation, and not taking into account a sloped ground when designing. These issues are especially prevalent with DIYers who try to install fencing without the proper post hole digging equipment. Always call a fence company when you need a repair or installation.

3. Rotting and Insect Damage

One of the disadvantages of wood fencing is that it is highly susceptible to moisture damage and insect infestation. If you’re considering buying a new fence, keep in mind that certain wood types (like cedar) are more resistant than others. If you think your fence is affected by termites, you need to act fast, especially if the fence is near your home. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may be able to have certain sections replaced instead of replacing the entire fence. Make sure to seal your fence every few years to protect it from weather and insect damage.

4. Mildew Buildup

Mildew buildup can affect both wood and vinyl fencing. In order to clean a wood fence properly, you will need to either pressure wash the fence yourself or hire a pressure washing company. Once the fence is clean, apply a stain to seal it and prevent further mildew damage.

Vinyl fencing is much easier to clean. A simple scrub with soap and water can take care of any buildup. However, stains will be much tougher to remove. Keep in mind that vinyl fencing will lose its sheen over time.

5. Local Laws & Property Lines

Often, a homeowner will find out that their fence was improperly installed and violates their official property lines. Many fence companies will offer to map out your property lines as a service. Make sure your fence is in accordance with your local laws and HOA guidelines. This is why it’s important to hire a reputable fencing company that is knowledgeable when it comes to local laws and regulations.

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