With proper maintenance, fences can last a long time. By regularly inspecting your fence, keeping it clean by removing mildew, painting, and even resealing it, you’ll get a lot of life out of it. But no matter how diligently you care for your fence, age will eventually take its toll. But when it comes time to decide if a fence is repairable or truly broken, there are a number of things you’ll have to consider. 

When To Repair
If your fence does need a repair, it could be by you or a professional fence technician. This really depends on how bad the disrepair is affecting the fence. You’ll be able to paint over any peeling areas, but you may not be able to fix a fence badly battered by the elements. Consider the following:

Simple aesthetic issues. This will include peeling or chipped paint or badly discolored portions. Other issues may include mildew, minor holes, and cracks, or damage from pests. Wooden gates are especially problematic in this regard. 

Simple structural problems. Aluminum gate posts may get out of position when the underlying soil shifts. A few missing fence posts may be replaced easily by you.  

When To Replace
Sometimes, a repair isn’t advisable for safety or cost reasons. You may need to pull down the fence entirely and replace it. Again, it can be done by you or through a professional fence company depending on the scope of the project. It’s important to consider the following when deciding on this option: 

Age. Your fence may simply be too old or unsalvageable thanks to years of exposure to the elements. A wooden fence may have suffered so much rot over time that it is too weak to stand, and repairing it is more of a band-aid than a fix. 

More complex functional issues. Beyond bending, your fence may lose significant portions. This may occur due to extreme weather conditions. Chunks of your fence may be damaged or missing, which is a valid reason for replacement. 

Safety concerns. When a fence is so bad that it no longer fences off or protects, it should be replaced. Do not let your home be vulnerable. A very weak fence may collapse and hurt people, property, and pets.  

Cost considerations. When the repair is not economical, a replacement may be better for your finances. By investing in a new fence, you’ll most likely have warranty coverage and not have to worry about continuing to put money into constant repairs. 

Out of style. Your fence may qualify for a replacement if it is simply too old fashioned. This can affect the resale value of your property, too. Beyond being aesthetically appealing, you may also wish to incorporate a different type of fence material throughout your property. 

Your Austin Fence Experts
No matter which option works better, do not stretch your skillset or budget. Attempting repairs as a layperson may cause more problems and more money. And trying to repair a fence that’s beyond being salvageable may also cause its own set of issues. Give the fence repair installation experts at Discount Fence a call today to learn more about the different options available to you and how we can help you with all of your fencing needs. 

About The Company
Discount Fence USA is veteran-owned and Austin’s number one choice for fence repair and fence installation. Discount Fence USA was founded because of a need for better fence building in the greater Austin area. Their unique process ensures that Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lakeway, Georgetown, Dripping Springs, Marble Falls, and residents all over Central Texas get superior quality fences that are built faster and at a better price.  

Customer service comes first at Discount Fence USA. They are responsive, quick, and finish most jobs within 48 hours. Founded by a military veteran, discipline, work ethic, and dedication to excellence set them apart from the competition. 

Discount Fence USA is located at 9125 TX-71 D, Austin, TX 78735 and their phone number is 512-334-9546. Contact them today to set up a FREE consultation. Your brand new or good-as-new fence will be complete in as little as 48 hours.