Maintenance Tip: Inspect Exterior Gates and Fences

Inspect Exterior Gates and Fences

Exterior iron or wood fencing deteriorates over time due to weather and landscaping that often times can encroach the fencing. It is important to fix and or replace exterior gates or fencing after being diligent in inspecting them. But before you can fix your fence, you will need to inspect exterior gates and fences. Keeping the fence in good working condition is important for safety reasons for children, pets and a security deterrent as well as maintaining the appearance of the home for valuation purposes.

Fixing fencing posts and panels

Depending on the situation, fixing a fence usually requires replacing a post or replacing individual pickets.  Tools you typically need include a shovel, pick, crowbar, hammer, drill, screws and perhaps some concrete to set a new post with.

Some fences are made of wrought iron. These fence posts can also get loose, so it is important that you inspect exterior gates and fences for your wrought iron fence. To repair these fences, you will need a welding machine or gun. Nails and hammers will not work with wrought iron fences. Make sure when repairing the new and improved fence, you take safety precautions. Wear protective eye wear.

For individual pickets, you may need to crow bar off the damage pickets.  Once you have replacement pickets, use a drill and screws to reattach them. Learn more maintenance tips here.