Wooden fences are among the most popular choices for homeowners, and for good reason: they bring a traditional and natural beauty to any Cleveland home. However, while wood is durable, it will eventually deteriorate and there will come a day when you will need to get your fence replaced. The question is: how do you tell the difference between a fence that needs replaced or just repaired? Luckily for you, our team at DeFazio Company has spelled out three of the telltale signs that it’s time for a new fence.

Fence Replacement

1. Broken Boards

The first and most obvious indication that your fence needs a replacement is broken or damaged boards. If you notice one or two broken boards over time, there’s no need to worry as they are pretty simple to replace. However, if there is a problem with multiple boards, and the damage seems to be widespread, then your fence may need to be completely replaced. Widespread damage can be a sign that your fence is aging and becoming structurally unsound.

2. Leaning or Sagging

Another sign of a fence past its prime is sagging or leaning to one side or the other. Occasionally, this problem can be repaired by replacing one or two of the fenceposts; however, much like the damaged boards mentioned above, if the problem is widespread, it’s time to replace your fence. Additionally, sagging fenceposts can lead to the warping of the boards in your fence, which may mean the structural integrity of your fence has been compromised.

3. Insect Damage

Signs of insect damage can come in the form of holes, gnawing, or boring, and can be fatal to your wooden fence. It is important to keep a lookout for these signs because, if you are able to catch an infestation early enough, you may be able to eradicate the insects and have the fence repaired before permanent damage is done.

If you notice these or any other signs of widespread damage in your wooden fence, contact your friends at DeFazio Company right away. We want your fence to live a long, healthy life, so we suggest that you inspect your fence regularly. Remember, the earlier you catch damage the better. Call us today with any questions at (440) 652-6545 or request an estimate online.