What Every Homeowner Should Know About Fences

How Do You Know It's Time to Replace Your Vinyl Fence?

Vinyl fences are known for being low-maintenance and long-lasting. But eventually, even vinyl fences reach the end of their lifespan. It's not always easy to tell when they're ready to go. However, if your vinyl fence is experiencing any of the following issues, it may be time to reach out to a fence company and make plans for a replacement.

Wiggling Posts

Do the posts of your vinyl fence wiggle and move around when you push them one way or the other? This usually happens because the concrete that is meant to hold them in place has begun to deteriorate. You could have the existing concrete feet removed and new ones poured, but this is such extensive work that you might as well have the rest of the fence replaced at the same time. Plus, if the concrete feet are no longer secure, there may be some cracks in the bottoms of the vinyl fence posts — and this is certainly a reason to replace them.

Cracks in the Vinyl

If you look at the posts and the rails of your fence — or if you have a solid fence, the solid fence panels — do you see any cracks or fissures? These may not appear to be affecting the fence right now, but if a storm were to roll through, a high wind could extend the cracks and make the fence fall down or break. You'd have to replace the fence then, anyways, so it often makes sense to replace it before it becomes an urgent matter. With a new fence free from cracks, there's much less worry about it failing.

Discoloration

White vinyl does tend to accumulate stains over time. You might be able to get these out with a really strong bleach solution, or in some cases, by power washing the fence. But this can be a lot of work, and sometimes you go through all that work only for the fence to remain looking stained and discolored. If the fence is on the older side already, discoloration is a perfectly reasonable reason to replace it. A fresh, new fence will boost your home's curb appeal and keep its value high.

Vinyl fences last a long time, but not forever. If yours needs to be replaced, contact a fence company in your area. They can suggest some options and help you find the best new fence for your yard.

For more information, contact a company like First Choice Fence.