Fencing is an important addition to your property – it denotes your boundaries as well as offering privacy to your property.
But storms, winds and gales can damage the sturdiest of fences, sheds and greenhouses. Can you repair the fence yourself, or should you rely on profession fence repair specialists? How much can you expect to spend?
How to Repair a Fence
With a few DIY skills and basic tools, it may be possible to repair the fence yourself, always a bonus when the damage is minor.
What to buy
Always buy treated softwood that has been pressure treated. This type of timber is also known as tantalised wood. This type of fencing panel or wood lasts for 10 to 20 years – gales and strong winds aside – whereas dipped or non-treated wood affords very little protection against the elements.
If fence posts are damaged, the only solution is to replace them. You may need to create a new hole next to the original fence post, as digging out the concrete footing can be a time-consuming and physically demanding job.
Remove the Fence Post
Removing the old, broken fence post can be tough. You may need to hire a fence post puller. This implement helps to remove the post by taking the strain.
When removing a fence post, it needs to be pulled upwards in a vertical line. In other words, you need to pull it out the way it went in.
Tree roots and old, heavy concrete footings can make this a difficult task which is why some homeowners prefer to engage the services of a professional fence repair company.
Dig the Hole and Fill with Concrete
It may be easier to backfill the original hole and dig a new one for the new fence post, especially if getting out the old post and footings is proving problematic.
The old fence post can be sawn or cut using a chain saw to below ground level.
Dig the new hole as far as down as is needed to accommodate the length of the fence post – the taller the post, the better footing it will need. For the correct depth, divide the length of the fence post by 3 – e.g. a 6-foot post divided by 3 needs a 2-foot hole.
Once the new hole is dug, make your concrete mix, pour in the hole and sink the new fence post. Tamp the concrete around the post and leave the concrete to cure before fixing the new fencing panel.
Replacing a Fencing Panel
In high winds and storms, it tends to be fence panels that are damaged. Damage means a fence panel is weak and thus, it takes no more than a gust of wind for the panel to become an unsightly mess.
Replacing a panel can be relatively easy. Buy a like-for-like panel, remove the old panel and replace with the new panel. To make the fence look the same, repaint the entire fence line.
Garden fence repair become a little more problematic when more than one panel needs replacing. You may find that fixings have also been damaged and this requires more time and skill to repair the fencing.
Employing a Fencing Contractor
Some contractors offer a specialist fencing repair service, whilst some integrate fencing repair work with a landscaping and gardening service.
Contractors tend to have the specialist equipment needed and can quickly repair a damaged fence. Fence repair costs are also affordable too but get the right contractor for the job;
- Recommendations – bask around for recommendations of local fencing contractors who offer a great service at a great price.
- Research – check out fencing contractors online too. What do they offer and what reviews can you find for their fencing services?
- Quotations – always seek quotations, especially for major fencing repairs and work as there can be significant cost difference between one contractor and another.
- Check out their work – some people feel more comfortable hiring a tradesperson when they have seen their work for themselves. Previous customers will often be happy to show future customers work completed by the contractor.