How to fix 3 of the most common fence problems

Your garden fence provides your property with both an aesthetic benefit, as well as added security. An effective row of fence panels separates your property from the outside world, serving as a border between your home and any outside influence… not to mention they look incredible when properly maintained.

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We know that fencing panels don’t last forever here at Welch Fencing, and every so often, a bit of maintenance will be required to keep them strong and looking great. So, here’s how to fix 3 of the most common fence problems that you could be faced with, particularly as the winter months and harsher weather start to role in.

Your panels have fallen over

Annoying, we know. If you’re planning on tackling this problem yourself, you’ll need to start by trying to identify the cause of the problem. Oftentimes, it’s high wind that causes fence panels to topple over, or in more serious cases, eroded or washed out soil.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY whizz, then a fallen fence panel probably won’t cause you much trouble. However, you might want to call a landscape professional if you think your garden is suffering from soil erosion and drainage issues.

A good landscaper will assess the damage to your soil, solve the drainage problem and prevent any recurring issues. If you’re in need of a temporary solution though, try laying down some stones or gravel on the affected area to offset the water damage.

Trouble with installation

A few of the most common installation issues when it comes to putting up fencing include shallow post holes, a failure to factor in sloped ground, and the potential for utility damage. In the ideal world, your fence posts need to be sunk a minimum of three feet into the ground and set in concrete or gravel to ensure that they stay strong. Any one of the previously stated issues can have a negative effect on this process. For the most part, the majority of contractors will address these issue on-site, and advise you on how best to sort them out.

Rot and insect damage

The inevitable decay of time catches up with everything in the end… even our robust fencing panels. If you weren’t already aware, certain types of wood like cedar and pressure-treated wood (which we supply) are more resistant to rot and garden pests than others.

Here at Welch Fencing, we provide a range of dip treated garden fence panels, and pressure treated fence panels, which are specifically designed to protect against rot and infestation. They’re durable and reliable, and our pressure-treated fence panels come with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee. As an added bonus, you can help to maintain your fence panels by sealing it every few years to prevent weather-related rot as well as insect damage.

Main points to take away:

  1. Hire a verified fence professional for installation and any major repair work if you feel you need to.
  2. Repair any damage promptly. Depending on the extent of it, a new fence might be your most cost-effective solution.
  3. Clean your fence and seal it as necessary to extend its life.
  4. Maintain your wood fence by cleaning and sealing or painting it every few years. This will help avoid rot and insect damage.

When it comes to fencing, concrete posts, and more, we can provide you with everything you need to start building your dream outdoor space. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to contact a member of our friendly staff by dropping us an email or calling us on 01772 336 476. We’re always happy to help!