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Fences  /  March 22, 2022

Kelowna Repair Services: 5 Types Of Fence Damage

Types of fence damage

When you hire professional fence installation in Kelowna, you may intend for it to serve a specific function. Perhaps you need the fence for security or to set boundaries for young children or pets. In many cases, however, fences also serve an aesthetic function, especially in the front of the house where they are the most visible.

No matter what kind of fence you have or what material is it made out of, it may experience damage. Here are some specific types of damage to look for and advice on how to avoid or correct them.

1. Corrosion

Corrosion occurs when the material of the fence breaks down over time. Corrosion can affect different materials in various ways. For example, a metal fence may rust while a wooden fence may rot.

In most cases, corrosion occurs because of exposure to water. It is difficult to prevent this as a fence is constantly exposed to weather elements, including rain, as a matter of necessity. There are treatments you can do for different fence materials that can protect them from corrosion, and the manufacturer can suggest which ones are likely to be most effective. You can also help to prevent corrosion by keeping your fence clean and choosing a material that is appropriate for the climate where you live.

2. Stains

Some fencing materials are more likely to experience stains than others. For example, a wood fence is more likely to absorb a stain because it is a more porous material. A metal fence is almost entirely impermeable, so stains are much less likely.

Stains do not affect your fence’s function, but they can make it look much less attractive. You can help to prevent stains on your fence by cleaning it on a routine basis and making a special effort to cleanse any stains as soon as they occur. Before you use any substances, such as finishes, paints, or solvents, on your fence, test an out-of-the-way section first so that you can see the effect it will have. Choosing a colour or pattern for your fence’s finish that helps to disguise stains if they do occur makes maintaining your fence much easier.

3. Tilted Posts

Sometimes fence posts become tilted because of corrosion. The material of the posts breaks down, and then it is no longer able to support the weight of the fence. Other times, a tilted fence post results because of shifting of the ground itself. In either case, tilted posts can lead to other problems.

You may be able to prevent posts from tilting with a rackable fence, which can be adjusted to reduce strain by following the slope of your yard. If your yard is unstable, setting each post in concrete may help to keep it in the proper position.

4. Sagging Gate

A sagging gate can occur when the posts supporting it becomes tilted. It can also occur when weathering affects the gate’s structure or the hardware. A sagging gate is not only unattractive; it may no longer close properly. This could compromise the security of your yard. If the resulting gap is wide enough, pets or young children may be able to get out, while intruders may be able to get in. You can prevent a sagging gate by performing seasonal maintenance on your fence and replacing the hinges as necessary. Seasonal maintenance should also include a professional assessment by fence repair services to identify and correct any posts that are tilted or problems with the gate structure itself.

5. Warped Sections

Warped sections can be a consequence of tilted posts, low-quality materials, or improper installation.

Hiring a professional fence installation in Kelowna from Handyman Connection can help prevent warping and other types of damage to your fence, regardless of what it is made of. If you do experience damage to your fence at some point, we also provide fence repair services by experienced and well-qualified technicians. Learn more about our fence services.

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