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Is your fence looking a little worse for wear? If so, it might be time to replace the panels. While this is a relatively easy process, it’s important to do it right in order to maintain the integrity of your fence. Depending on the damage sustained sometimes it’s worth replacing the fence, but if it’s just a panel or two it could be more beneficial to just replace the damage panels. Here are some tips on how to replace fence panels without much hassle.
Why you might need to replace fence panels
With extreme weather or animals around your property, it might be necessary to replace fence panels more frequently than you’d like. Sustained heavy rains can cause old panels to rot, while storms might blow down entire sections. Animals may also take their toll as they dig or eat away at the wood. This can create gaps in your fencing that will need to be addressed promptly for aesthetic and security reasons. Replacing broken fence panels with higher quality materials may help you avoid having this problem again any time soon.
How to measure for new fence panels
Measuring for new fence panels can be a tricky and time consuming task, but it’s important to get the measurements exactly right so your fence fits perfectly when you’re done. To measure the perfect fence fit, it’s important to determine if there’s any variation per fence panel, as well as where each individual panel section should start and end. Depending on the type of damage previous fence panel’s sustained, you may just be able to measure them, if not you’ll have to measure adjacent panels and account for any variable length or width needed. If you have a fence on sloped ground this might be more dramatic, so don’t assume all panels will be exactly the same length. With these simple measurements in hand, you can now purchase the appropriate sized panels and confidently install your new fence!
What kind of materials can you use for your new fence panels
If you’re looking for the perfect materials to build your fence panels with, the options can be overwhelming! You can easily upgrade the material while matching your old fence style in the case of wood, since there are a huge variety from cedar, to redwood to oak and much more. Metal usually comes in aluminum, steel, or iron that may look similar but have different properties and price ranges.
How to install the new fence panels
Installing new fence panels can be an easy and rewarding task. First, you’ll need to make sure the area is safe and the necessary tools are available. Measure the area, then ensure that all the panels are in good condition – any warped pieces shouldn’t be used. Next, begin hammering the fence posts into place with a mallet and secure them with screws or glue when necessary. Once complete, slide the panels into their grooves and use galvanized nails to attach them securely. Finally, apply a sealer to protect against weather damage and enjoy your newly installed fence panels!
Tips for maintaining your fence
Maintaining your fence is essential for keeping it in top shape and avoiding unnecessary repairs or replacements down the line. Start by giving your fence a good scrub once every few months with a power washer. Even if it looks clean, scrubbing will help to remove any dirt and grime that has built up from outdoor elements like rain and snow. Cleaning your fence regularly may also help to keep insects away because the force of the water removes cobwebs, eggs, and other tidbits that attract them! Additionally, depending on the type of fence you have (e.g., wood), make sure to treat it with a sealant about once a year for added protection against the weather and pests. Although these simple steps are relatively minor, investing a small amount of time into maintenance now can help you save money later and keep your fence looking beautiful for many years to come. After all, maintenance helps prevent needing replacement of fence panels and fence posts.
Now that you know more about fence panels and how to replace them, you’re ready to tackle this home improvement project like a pro. Be sure to measure twice and cut once when installing your new fence panels, and enjoy your beautiful (and sturdy) new fence.