Damage to your wooden fence is not only unattractive, but it poses a security issue for your home. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might have to choose between repairing or replacing the fence. Before making your decision, here are some factors to consider.
By contrast, the cost of completely replacing the fence could be as much as $24,000. The height of the fence, the area, and the type of wood can all influence the price.
For instance, fence that is made of cedar could be as much as $15 a foot. You could end up spending up to $4,800 for 300 feet of fencing.
Another consideration you should make in your decision is the condition of the face boards. If the face boards are intact and there are no signs of rot, you can usually get away with a repair.
When inspecting your face boards, start at the point that is closest to the ground. This area is usually exposed to rain and melted ice the most. Both are contributing factors for rot.
If you are unable to determine if the wood is rotted, choose an area of the board that is hidden and scrape away some of the wood for inspection. Wood that easily chips away usually indicates there is rotted wood present.
If the rot is limited to just a few face boards, a fencing contractor might advise you to only replace the affected boards. However, a significant number of boards damaged might require complete replacement.
Ideally, your fence posts should be intact and lined up straight. When you look down the row of fence posts, if they are tilting, it is possible there is rot present.
Rotted fence posts are not structurally sound and should be replaced. If there are more than a few posts that are rotted, a total replacement might be in order.
A fencing contractor can help with an assessment of your fence and even provide you with estimates to help you decide whether to replace or repair. Ultimately, you should make the decision based on what you can reasonably afford and what is best for the integrity of your fence.