Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

The Importance Of Proper Maintenance For Your Fence

Hugh Bryant

Fences provide a range of benefits, from keeping your property secure to defining your property lines. However, like any other outdoor structure or element, your fence requires proper maintenance to function effectively. A fence company can help ensure that your fence is in good condition, lasts longer, and retains its aesthetic appeal with maintenance and repair when necessary.

Preventative Maintenance 

Preventive measures can save you money in the long run. Regularly inspecting your fence for damage, rot, or insect infestation and dealing with it immediately is essential. 

Often, your local fence company or original installer can help you maintain the fence and provide yearly inspections for you. Addressing small issues as soon as they arise will save you money in the long run and keep the fence in great shape.

Keep The Fence Clean

Over time, your fence will accumulate dirt, grime, and debris that can cause it to look unattractive. Regular cleaning can take care of this problem. 

Use a soft-bristled brush and mild soap to clean your fence thoroughly. Some materials can be pressure washed, but if you have a wood fence, it is crucial to limit the water pressure, or you could damage the surface. 

The fence company that installed the fence can give you instructions for fence maintenance and cleaning, or you can hire a fence cleaning service to deal with it.

Make Needed Repairs

If your fence has any structural damage or is rotting, it's essential to have a fence company make the necessary repairs. Ignoring the issues will result in more substantial damage, which may require replacing the entire fence later. 

If the repairs needed are minor, you may want to consider doing them yourself. In most cases, changing a board, fixing a hinge, or making other small repairs is manageable for a homeowner. However, if you see something you are unsure how to handle, bringing in a fence company to deal with it may be better in the long run.

Trimming And Mowing

Keeping vegetation near your fence trimmed is an essential part of preserving the fence over time. Overgrown bushes and trees can put pressure against the fence, causing it to lean or fall. Grass and other weeds provide a route for ground insects to get onto the fence and can trap moisture, causing it to rot faster. 

Regular pruning and trimming will help to maintain a safe distance between the vegetation and the fence, protecting it from some of these threats and keeping it looking great. A fence company can help you determine how to best plant around your fence and may have some suggestions about plants, trees, and other vegetation to keep away from your fence to help reduce problems.  

Contact a fence company to learn more. 


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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

I love my dog, but my dog loves my neighbor's yard. My adopted Labrador needs hours of playtime each day to stay fit, but she used to be a master of escaping no matter how close of an eye I kept on her. After a few too many holes dug in flower beds, I splurged on a tall chain link fence and finally ended her romps on other properties. Now my neighbors smile and wave when we meet in our shared driveway instead of giving me a wary look. Sharing my new found love for fences is just one way I hope to give back to others.