Fence Maintenance

Basic Fence Maintenance Tips
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Maintaining your fence is an important and sometimes overlooked aspect of backyard upkeep. With regular inspections, quick and responsible repairs, and a few basic fence maintenance tips, you can keep your fence looking great no matter its age or condition.

When it comes to basic fence maintenance tips, one of the most important rules is to regularly check for any loose boards, nails, split panels, or posts. If problems are caught early on it should be easy to remedy them in a few steps and save yourself the time and money of major repairs down the line. Other rules include not using cleaning products that contain chlorine or other corrosive chemicals which can damage both metal fences and timber fences over time, depending on their make-up. Finally, inspecting for any signs of pests such as insect infestations or rot should also be done regularly so that any issues can be treated at an early stage if necessary.

It’s easy to neglect regular inspection and preventive maintenance when it comes to outdoor structures such as fences, but the benefits certainly outweigh the costs. With basic care, attention, and understanding of what specific materials are required to remain in good shape, you can rest assured that your backyard investment is safe and long-lasting. To make sure this continues to be true, however, it’s crucial that we also make sure to carry out regular inspections and repairs.

Regular Inspections and Repairs

Regular inspections and repairs are key to keeping your fence looking great. Many of these necessary steps can be taken during basic maintenance, however there may be further action required depending on the condition of the fence. Upon inspecting the fence, identify any potential problems such as rotted posts, weakened or rotting boards, or broken clasps. The sooner you address any issue, the better; as this will help to limit more extensive damage in the future that would require extensive repairs.

No matter what type of fencing material you have, it is a good idea to check for signs of rust and corrosion caused by weather and age. Inspections should also be done to verify bolts and screws are tight and locked in place as well as checking for any loose brackets which may be causing sagging or breakage. If any sections appear to have been damaged by animals, insects, or other outside sources, assess how much repair work might need to be done due to the extent of the issue.

Ultimately, regular inspections and repairs can help prevent small issues from turning into costly structural damages requiring extensive labor and materials. By ensuring your fence is properly inspected annually (or earlier if needed) and making minor repairs, when necessary, you can save yourself both time and money in the long run. After taking care of any fill-in jobs needed for your fence’s integrity and aesthetics, cleaning and regular maintenance may be required.

Cleanings and Inspections

Cleaning and inspections are essential aspects of fence maintenance that cannot be overlooked. Regularly cleaning your fence with a garden hose can help remove dirt, grime, and other residue that accumulate over time. Inspecting your fence is just as important as cleaning it. It’s best to inspect your fence on a regular basis for signs of damage, such as cracking, splintering, corrosion, warping, or rot. If you notice any of these issues, repairs should be made immediately as delaying them can lead to bigger problems down the road.

It’s also important to consider the potential for pest infestation when inspecting your fence. Termites and other bugs can cause serious damage to fence if left unchecked. To prevent infestations, it’s recommended to treat your fence with insect repellent or hire a professional pest control service to inspect and treat the perimeter of your property.

The combination of regular cleaning and inspection will ensure your fence remains in great condition for many years to come. While these tips are great for maintaining a standard wooden or metal fence, specialized maintenance may be needed for more unique fencing materials such as bamboo or plastic panels.

What are some tips for extending the life of a fence?

1. Regular inspection and maintenance: Inspect your fence at least twice a year, paying attention to the condition of the posts and boards. Any loose or rotten boards should be replaced immediately, and any nails should be tightened or replaced. This can help prolong the life of your fence by preventing water from seeping into the posts and weakening them.

2. Staining/painting/sealing: To protect your fence from the elements, it is important to apply a quality wood sealant or stain every two to three years. This will help keep moisture out of the wood, keeping it strong and resistant to rot.

3. Support posts: Make sure the support posts for your fence are well-anchored in concrete, with proper drainage away from them to keep them dry. If your support posts start to rot due to standing water in their base, then replacing them is essential to extending the life of your fence.

4. Proper care when cleaning: When you clean your fence (such as when pressure washing), take care not to apply too much pressure that could damage the boards or posts. Be sure to direct the nozzle up towards the top of each board, not down between them where the pressure will be greater.

5. Focus on longevity over aesthetics: Although features such as latticework can add aesthetic appeal to your fence, they offer little practical use and may need more frequent replacement to extend the life of your fence overall. Consider opting for plain but durable components that can withstand tough weather conditions without fail.

Building and Maintaining a Boundary Fence between Neighbors
Source: https://texasfarmbureau.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FiveStrands_Bradbury-min.pdf

Frequently, questions arise regarding how neighboring landowners must share in the costs of building and
maintaining boundary fences.  A landowner in Texas has no legal obligation to share in the costs or future maintenance of a fence built by his or her neighbor on the dividing property line, unless he or she has
agreed to do so. The Texas Supreme Court has held that, “if one proprietor [encloses] his land, putting his fence upon his line, the owner of the adjacent land may avail himself of the advantage thereby afforded him of [enclosing] his own land without incurring any liability to account for the use of his neighbor’s fence.” Even if a boundary fence is destroyed by natural causes, a neighbor still has no obligation to contribute toward its reconstruction. However, if the neighboring landowner does not participate in the costs of erecting the fence,
it is not considered a common fence; rather, it is the exclusive property of the builder. Similarly, if a fence is built not on the property line, but instead on one landowner’s property, then the fence is also considered exclusive property of that landowner. If the neighbors agree that each will maintain a portion of the fence, such agreement is legally binding and can be enforced. These agreements are rare, but may be extremely useful for neighboring landowners to specify their rights and obligations regarding fences before an issue arises. Once neighbors reach
a friendly agreement, it should be written down and a copy given to each owner.