If you are planning on installing a new privacy fence for your home, you will want your investment to last for years to come. Some maintenance and repairs are going to be needed over the years, such as cleaning the fence or repairing a gate. Here are some of the things that you will want to do to ensure your fence lasts for many years to come:
1. Keeping the Areas of Fencing and Gates Free of Debris
Debris and clutter quickly cause damage to fencing and gates. It is important that you keep your fence free of overgrowth around the fence. Use gravel and slow growing plants to limit the problems near your fence line. For gates, make sure that you do not put things in the path of opening, because this can cause the gate to come off tracks or can bend parts of the gate. If you have a gate opener, use a small, low fence around it to protect it from damage.
2. Repairing Posts and Leaning Fencing That Can Cause a Lot of Damage
Another problem that happens with fences is posts becoming damaged. The damaged posts will lean and damage sections of fence or even gates. To prevent this from happening, make sure to replace and repair any damaged posts of your fence. Make sure that you keep wood posts off the ground, and use protective sleeves for metal posts that are buried in the ground. Using concrete footings and post brackets will help avoid some of the many problems with posts.
3. Common Problems with Gates and Keeping Them in Working Order
The gates of fences are the most vulnerable because they have moving parts that easily get damaged. For gates mounted on hinges, eventually, the gate will start to sag. To prevent the gate from sagging, a tension cable can be installed, which can be adjusted as the gate settles. Gates that slide on tracks are also vulnerable to problems like the tracks being bent or wheels being damaged. Make sure that gates are free of debris, and make sure to not use excessive force when opening and closing them. Installing a gate opener will help reduce wear and damage to gates from them being open and shut too hard.
With a good maintenance routine and the needed repairs, your fence will last for many years. Contact a fencing service to help with the installation of your new fence and maintenance that needs to be done.