High quality wood fencing that is properly installed is practically guaranteed to stand strong for years. This is good news considering what it costs to replace an entire residential backyard fence these days! The bad news is that all wood will eventually degrade—and especially wood exposed to the elements. Even with regular cleanings, staining and repairs, time and the weather will take their toll. You might want to consider a complete replacement for wooden fences that are beginning to weaken, or when your inspections show other serious issues.
Here are five telltale signs that it is time for a new fence installation in Carlsbad, NM:
- Broken boards: Having to replace a fence board every now and then is typical. But beyond a single split board or a board pulling away at the nail, you can run into fully destroyed wood panels. The key thing to remember is to look into fence replacement when numerous wood boards are broken or weathered through, or when wood posts become wobbly from rot due to contact with wet soil.
- Missing hardware: The most common way a wooden fence holds together is with a combination of screws, nails and metal fasteners. All these pieces keep wood boards and panels in place, which is why it’s pretty noticeable when hardware disconnects and begins to loosen—boards pull away from the fence, nail holes are exposed and discoloration forms where nails and screws used to be. Strong winds, the blazing sun and human error are the top reasons for hardware falling out.
- Wood rot: Wooden fences are more susceptible to rot in areas with extreme temperature fluctuations, like sudden bouts of hot-to-cold or wet-to-dry weather. Other causes of wood rot include not using the right type of wood, not staining or weather sealing the wood and a lack of in-ground wood fence post protection. You can identify this problem during an inspection. For one, there will be soft spots, especially at a post’s edges and at the base, where it meets the soil.
- Pest damage: A quick way to end up with a damaged fence is to not protect it from pests. From insect infestations to wildlife pecking, scratching, chewing on and dirtying your fence, you could see your fence fall apart well before it should.
- Leaning panels: There are all sorts of reasons for your fence to be leaning. You might live in a super windy area, the wood might be rotted, fasteners may be loose or missing or the materials may be old. In short, a leaning fence with warped boards means it is likely on its final legs.
At Guadalupe Mountain Fencing LLC, we know how important it is for homeowners and commercial building owners to have a sense of security and privacy. You’ll get all this and more when you hire us to tackle your fence installation in Carlsbad, NM.
Whether you are need of a new wooden privacy fence for your home or a wired security fence around your commercial property, we can help! Contact us to schedule your fence installation appointment today!