Besides adding to the safety of your property, a professionally installed fence improves the aesthetics of your property and can significantly boost its value if you wish to resell your home.
However, being an outdoor component, most fences face many harsh elements like rain and snow. With time, moisture can seep in, causing problems to the stability and structure of your fence. Discover some signs of water damage to help you protect your fence's integrity.
Too much moisture creates a breeding ground for mold. Therefore, if you have mold growing on your fence, that's a sign of severe water damage –– and if not addressed sooner, mold can completely ruin the integrity and health of your fence.
Mold damage is common in dark areas or fences that are mostly under shade. Wooden walls are especially vulnerable to mold, mildew, and algae. Water penetrates the wood surfaces, encouraging mold spores to grow. If the fence is always under shade, water will not evaporate, which gives mold a good chance to sprout.
If the mold damage is not severe, you can clean up the fence yourself. You can prevent future growth by eliminating any plants around the fence to reduce the amount of shade. You can also add fresh paint to stop water from penetrating through the fence surface.
But if your fence is severely damaged by mold, you'll have to contact a fencing company to install a new fence. In most cases, severe water and mold damage can only be solved when you put up a new fence.
A Weak and Shaky Fence
Eventually, water damage will weaken your fence. This compromises your fence's primary purpose, which is to protect your property. The fencing materials can no longer withstand pressure and weight from wind or birds.
You may also notice that the fence is shaky, looking like it might fall at any time. This puts you and your property at risk. You should take such a situation as a sign of severe water damage.
Although some fences are more decorative than others, they still play a massive role in ensuring the privacy and security of your home or business. Identifying signs of water damage early will help you maintain the integrity of your fence and save you from spending too much money on costly repairs or replacements.
Don't wait until things get out of hand to invest in a new fence. Schedule an inspection with a fence company to detect any signs of water damage and replace the fence if necessary.
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