At what point should you start looking at replacement fencing and gate options. Are your current fences and gates looking worn? Do they have visible bending, warping or splintering? The time might be now.
We underestimate the importance that fencing, and gates really have when it comes to our privacy and safety. Maintaining your fencing and gates and making regular checks can be the difference between accidentally providing unwarranted access to your home or business.
So, what should you look for when deciding if it might be time to seek alternate fencing or gate products?
There are many different types of fencing and gate materials, so each material may have different factors to consider.
Are your gates or fencing starting to bend or warp? This can be a sign that the product has been exposed to excess heat and over time the materials have started to break down causing warping. There is no real solution to warped fencing other than replacing it entirely. Bent gates and fencing isn’t necessarily a huge problem unless it affects the ability of your product to actually work. It can also start to look unsightly in bad cases.
Over time your product can become weakened by exposure to the outside elements. Wood in particular can become porous and start to splinter. Splintering can cause injury to users and can invite pests to make homes within the gaps in the wood. The structural integrity of the product soon becomes an issue and that is when it may be time to seek a replacement. In minor cases it could be simple enough to sand the affected area and remove the splintering.
Most exterior materials aside from wood are now galvanised or powder-coated to protect your products from discolouring and rusting however older products may not be protected and you should be aware that rusting can occur and can over time affect the look and integrity of your fencing and gates. As the rust forms on the outside of the product the issue is nothing more than superficial but over time the rust begins to become more aggressive and continues to make its way through the whole of the product. Rusting can significantly weaken the material underneath causing complete malfunction of the product in extreme cases.
For wooden fencing and gates, it is a common occurrence for them to become home to all kinds of creepy crawlies. This is not always a concern however, termites are a different story. Termites are a wood boring insect which eats the inside of the wood and creates tunnels throughout. In the end the wood becomes so weakened that it practically turns to dust. Termites are a serious issue and if you suspect your fencing or gates to have an infestation you should seek assistance from a termite removalist specialist especially if your home is built from wood.
In many cases, the fencing or gates aren’t always the culprit. Sometimes the accessories that are used in conjunction with the product can be the issue. Accessories like latches, frames, motors, rails or bolts and screws aren’t impervious to damage and can degrade or fail. In the instance of a minor failed accessory it can sometimes be far easier to fix than that of the entire fence or gate. Always be sure to check your manufacturer’s warranty in the case of failure of fencing and gate accessories as you may be covered.
Always keep an eye out on your fencing and gate products. Not only are they important in protecting your home, business, they also protect everyone inside. From pets, to people barriers create a haven which protects us and our families.
Chat to your local fencing and gate specialist today to learn more.