Tending to an old fence - Is it time to replace it?

Is it time to replace that old fence? A Denver fence contractor can help you decide what to do.
Monday, 24 April 2017

The upkeep and maintenance for a home doesn’t just include the actual house itself. Maintaining a home also means taking care of the landscape and any structures on the property. Fences are a part of that maintenance.

Things like weather, animals and age can all be factors in figuring out if you need to make repairs to or replace your fence. A Denver fence builder can help you to evaluate your fence and figure out which option makes the most sense.

It’s important to be sure you consider things like if the fence is still serving its intended purpose, Denver fence regulations, and even if you like the fence’s look before deciding if replacing or repairing is right for you. Here are some things to consider.

Deciding whether or not to repair a fence

Although a fence repair seems as if it would be the fastest and cheapest way to fix a fence problem, that may not be the case. A fence replacement allows you to change the style and function or your fence, but it also will likely take longer than if you were repairing a small hole in the fence.

However if the fence needs a lot of work, finding materials and repairing difficult pieces could take more time and money that the complete replacement. You’ll have to first evaluate if you like your fence or want changes, and then decide if the replacement will be worth it.

Is it cost effective to repair the fence?

One of the main factors in deciding if you should repair a fence is the cost. As noted earlier, if there isn’t much that needs to be fixed, it makes more sense to just repair the fence.

If the fence has a lot of damage, a full replacement could be cheaper than the parts and labor to fix the old fence. The type of fence can also determine which is cheaper, as replacing panels is harder to do.

If the fence is quite old, a replacement could save you money in the long term because you won’t have to make repairs in the near future.

Although repairing the fence is an option, do you want to?

One of the greatest things to consider is if you like your fence at all. Why repair a wooden fence if you wish it was wrought iron? Why fix a fence that is so low your dogs continuously escape?

If you don’t like your fence or it is no longer serving its intended purpose, replacing the fence will not only save you future trouble, but will ease your mind.

Paying for something you don’t like is dumb, so make the money you’re putting toward the fence now a one time payment rather than growing sick of it later and having it replaced after you’ve already repaired it. A replacement means changing the materials, location of the fence, height and even color of your fence.

Will replacing the fence be worth its return on investment?

The best way to determine if a fence will be worth its return on investment is to be sure that it is serving its purpose. This could mean creating privacy for your family, keeping a dog in your yard or just for looks, but it has to actually serve a purpose.

The materials you use will determine the ROI as well. If you use quality materials, your fence will last longer, which will save you both time and money.

What should I be aware of before replacing a fence?

It’s important to be aware of Denver fence regulations and zoning laws. Sometimes it is required to get a permit to replace a fence or make changes such as height.

If you have a Homeowner’s Association, take a look at the rules and guidelines for fences so that you don’t install something that is again the HOA’s policies.

Don’t forget to Call Before You Dig to keep from hitting pipes or wires that could be underground.

A Denver fence builder will help you to make sure you have your ducks in a row before you begin the repair or replacement, so don’t hesitate to ask questions if you feel you need expert advice.