Common Signs That You Should Replace Your Backyard Fence


Common Signs That You Should Replace Your Old Fence

Summer time is the ideal season for fence repairs or replacements. If you are wondering if it’s time, consider some of these commons signs before you tackling your outdoor project.

If your house, cabin, rental, or commercial property has an old fence that has been there for some time, there is a good chance that it is in rough shape or starting to fall down. When repairing your fence you will either want to tear down the entire fence including posts, or replace sections of the fence between the posts that could be rotting from exposure to the elements and lack of maintenance over the years.

There are steps that you as the property owner need to consider prior to starting your project. Before you get your hammer out and gloves on, make sure you check local bylaws in order to safely complete your projects according to local municipal regulations. You may need to consider height restrictions, depending on the location of your fence. And of course, don’t forget to call before you dig!

Here are some common indicators that will help you determine whether or not your fence needs repairs or replacement

Colour Changes

If existing paint or stain on your fence has started to flake or wear off, it may be time to do some repairs or maintenance to the fence. Unprotected wood will silver or grey as it weathers, depending on the extremes it’s exposed to. You may choose to recoat the affected area or simply replace the affected boards.

Rotting Fence Boards

Prolonged exposure to Alberta’s ever-changing weather conditions can cause fence boards and posts to rot and decay beyond repair. While it is easier to replace a few boards, if your fence is showing signs of rot, you may want to consider replacing your entire fence. Always have a professional inspect your fence before starting a larger project.

Missing Fasteners

Another common sign your fence will soon need replacement, is the fasteners disappearing or falling off. Most wood fences are held together by a combination of nails, screws and structural hangers. These fasteners are designed to keep the fence rails & boards in place. Fasteners can loosen or even fall out due to wind, freeze and thaw cycles and other natural climate forces.

Leaning/Sagging Fence

If your fence is sagging or leaning, this is a sign that your fence needs repair or replacement. Leaning fence posts may be caused by frost heaves where posts are set too shallow into the ground. Freeze and thaw cycles can force posts to shift and move to the point where the fence leans. If there are no signs of rot or decay, you may attempt to remove the fence sections, dig the affected posts out of the ground, and reset them to bring the fence back upright.


If you would like more information, or if you have any questions about your fence project and our packages, please stop by Timbertown nearest you today for a free quote on fence repair or replacement!