While wood fences add beauty, value, function and privacy to your Northern Virginia yard, once you notice damage or deterioration it is important to repair or replace it as soon as possible. Aside from being unsightly, broken fences no longer perform their job. If the integrity of your fence is impaired it could let children or pets escape, allow other people or pests in, and it certainly compromises your privacy.
If your fence is discolored, molding, rotting, splintering or falling apart it should be repaired if possible. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may need to be partially or completely replaced. While many people can repair fencing themselves, most of us don’t have the knowledge or tools to do the job. In either case, it’s best to have a professional fence company complete the repairs.
A wood fence in areas like ours, with high humidity in the summer and freezing temperatures in winter, would also need to be periodically sealed from the elements to prolong its useful life. And do be aware that if sections of your fence are replaced, they will not exactly match your existing fence unless painted.
Which brings us to our question: Should you repair or replace your wood fence? If you have a homeowners association or are planning to sell your home, you may be better off with a fence installation from a qualified fence contractor. Despite higher initial fence cost, many people with wood fences elect to install a composite or vinyl fence that has little maintenance requirements and does not need sealing or painting. So over time, you spend less money, your fence performs superbly, looks great, and you get to spend all that time you would have been repairing and maintaining your fence, doing something else you really love.