As a fence owner, it’s important to keep up with regular repairs and maintenance as needed. While most fencing is self-sustaining, there are several minor repairs you can do to extend the life of your fencing and keep it looking new throughout the years. While some repairs such as replacing boards or fixing gates should be done by a FloriFence professional, there are others you can learn to do yourself. This can help you save time, money, and prevent more expensive repairs down the road.
Tighten the screws
Over time, the screws keeping your wooden or vinyl fence together may come loose. This is especially common in wood fencing where the temperature and humidity levels in Florida can cause the fence to expand and contract over the years. By tightening the screws with a cordless drill, you can keep your fence sturdy and intact with very little effort.
Replace broken wood
We typically don’t recommend fixing or replacing entire boards for your fence if it’s vinyl. The color and material are difficult to match perfectly, and the installation can be tricky if you don’t have the right tools. However, for a standard cedar or pine privacy fence, you can typically find single replacement boards at your local hardware store. To replace a single board, all you have to do is unscrew the broken one and replace it. Then, paint or stain to match your current fence and nobody will know the difference.
Pressure wash or clean your fence
Cleaning your fence on an annual basis can help prevent mold and mildew growth, decay, and ensure it looks sharp over the decades. Vinyl fences and some wood can be pressure washed, while metal and other wood types can simply be scrubbed with a gentle cleanser and rinsed with a garden hose.
Know when to call for help
The wise handyman knows when to make repairs themselves, and when to call a professional for help. If you have multiple fence posts to repair, a broken gate hinge, or another repair that may significantly impact the quality of your fence, don’t hesitate to call FloriFence for a consultation.
By following these maintenance tips and keeping FloriFence’s number on hand for major repairs, you can expect to get the maximum service life out of your fence. However, if you have questions or aren’t sure whether a fencing issue needs professional help or a DIY fix, give us a call! We are always happy to help you repair and maintain your fence for long-lasting aesthetic appeal and functionality.