The average chain link fence can last up to 20 years. If you have a chain link fence, you may be wondering if it's time to consider a replacement. You may see your fence sagging in certain areas or just not looking as strong as it used to be. Here are signs you need to replace your chain link fence, and options you can consider for a long-lasting replacement.
Holes in your chain link fence can be caused by many factors, including:
These holes may start out harmless, but once chain is broken in a link it can be pulled out, leaving your fence with gaping spaces that leave your yard exposed. If you have many holes or tears in your chain link over time, then replacement is not far away.
Sagging posts cause the entire fence to droop, and can weaken the strength of your chain link overall. The chain link must be taut in order to remain sturdy, but people leaning on, climbing over, or throwing things against your fence can cause the posts to sag. Replace your fence if supporting the sagging posts and chain link with beams or other material fail to make it stronger.
An uneven gate that swings wide open or won't stay shut can be an indicator that your chain link is losing its taut spring. This can be due to sagging mentioned above or faulty construction when the fence was originally built. Either way, your fence should be replaced if the gates are uneven.
Wooden fences are a fabulous option for privacy and sturdiness, and they last nearly as long as chain link fences do. If you want to stick to chain link, consider vinyl-coated options in green or black so your fencing blends well with your landscape. If you want a fence more for boundary privacy than anything else, an ornamental iron fence can provide you what you need. Your fencing contractor (such as Carter Fence) can discuss all your options with you.
Your chain link fence should last you a few decades. If you notice that it is starting to sag, has pieces missing, or that your gates aren't closing as securely as they should, it may be time to consider replacement. There are many alternatives on the market for fencing that can be pleasing.
I still remember the day I realized that we might need a new fence. Although we had an older picket fence, our pets were able to escape without a lot of trouble. One day, our pet Sparky made it all the way to our neighbor's yard, where he was working on destroying his least favorite garden gnome. After paying to replace the statue, I headed straight to the fencing showroom to look for the right model and the best contractor. After meeting with a few different people, I felt really good about one contractor who had been in business for a long time. Read this blog for more information about fencing.