Replace or Repair Broken Fencing? Which Is Right for You?

If you have broken fencing that has seen better days, repair may be an option. In some cases, however, a new fence may be a wiser investment.

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Damaged or broken fencing is an eyesore and it doesn’t provide you with the security and privacy you need. Many times, repairs will work to provide you with a few more years of functionality. In other cases, however, paying to repair your broken fencing can be a waste of your hard-earned money.

When Should Wood Fencing Be Replaced?

Has your wood fence started to splinter, warp or rot? If so, how extensive is the damage?

If you have only a few damaged areas, repair is likely a valid option. Damaged slats, pickets and posts can be replaced with new components that match the existing wood. It’s important to realize, however that the color may not be an exact match, particularly if the original wood fencing panels have weathered over time.

Replacement wood fence may be necessary if a large portion of the fencing deteriorated. When you weigh the long-term costs and benefits of a new fence against a large-scale repair job, replacement often makes better financial sense.

When to Replace Chain Link and Wrought Iron Fencing

Rust is the primary concern for chain link and wrought iron fencing. These materials are generally strong and durable but they are vulnerable to corrosion. To determine whether repair or replacement is preferable, you must determine how pervasive the rust damage is.

If you catch rust early, fence repair is a simple job. With a little elbow grease and a coat of oil-based, rust-resistant primer, your wrought iron or chain link fence can look as good as new and last for many more years.

The problem is that rust and corrosion spread aggressively. If a rust problem goes undetected or unrepaired until it has compromised the integrity of your fencing, you will likely need to replace the fence.

Repair and Replacement of Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fences are especially difficult to damage. This fencing material is sturdy enough to withstand the elements for decades, and it doesn’t age or fade.

That said, vinyl fencing can develop problems if you don’t keep an eye on it. Fence post caps and gates can become loose over time. Frost heave in the soil can cause push the posts up and out of the ground. Fortunately, most of these problems can be repaired.

However, if part of your vinyl fencing has been cracked by a falling branch or stray baseball, you may need to replace the damaged or broken fencing section. A small crack might be repairable but a badly cracked vinyl fence panel should be replaced to protect its structural integrity.

Outback Fencing offers free estimates to homeowners and businesses throughout Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. To find out whether your broken fencing can be repaired or if you should consider a new fence, contact us to schedule a consultation today.