Maximizing Your Fence’s Lifespan Through Routine Inspections and Repairs

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When it comes to property, the best way to invest in yours is to keep up with maintenance and repairs. Small problems can quickly balloon out of control and cost significantly more than if you had just caught it early. The type of fence you buy at a fence company, be it metal, aluminum, wood, or vinyl, determines its average lifespan and maintenance requirements.

Metal Fence

The most important part of maintaining a metal fence is combatting rust. Some metal fences come coated in water-resistant material. If not, you should apply a primer and sealant as soon as it’s installed. Doing so after rusting begins significantly reduces the effectiveness.

Aluminum Fence

Aluminum fences are excellent for those who want a low-effort option. They don’t rust or rot. They just need a simple rinsing down occasionally and letting it air dry.  They are the simplest option.

Wood Fence

Wood yard fences look great but do require attention and care to maintain. They are susceptible to mildew and rotting from moisture damage. Applying a water-repellant primer and painting as early as possible after installation is important. You also want to apply a wood preservative and use a power washer to clean mildew and dirt buildup.

Vinyl Fence

This is another fence that is easy to clean, just use soapy water and rinse with a hose. You can also wipe it down with a cloth, but letting it air dry is much easier. Mildew can develop on vinyl fences, so it’s important to clean those spots off with a cloth if they are difficult to access.


Proper maintenance and repair starts with vigilance and ends with you saving a ton of money. Yards with fences require different repair practices, but doing each one will significantly increase your fence’s appearance and life span.