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Quick Fixes to Common Fence Problems

Friday, April 12, 2019 1:22:00 AM EST5EDT

When you first installed a wood or vinyl fence on your property in Tampa, Fl., it looked fantastic. Every time you came home and saw your fence, you felt like you had made the right choice in putting it up.

Florida's humid weather, the occasional storm, and general wear and tear might have done a number on your fence. A tree branch might have fallen on part of the fence or your teenager might have backed into it while practicing parallel parking.

Although in some cases, the best option is to replace a vinyl or wood fence with a new one, small problems are usually somewhat easy to fix. If your fence has any of the following issues, here's what you can do to give it a new lease on life, fast.

Dirty, Dingy-Looking Fence

Dirt and grime can make a fence that was once shiny and new look old and neglected. Usually, cleaning the fence will be enough to restore it to its former glory. How you clean the fence depends on its material.

To clean a wood fence, you can try using a mix of 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Another option is pressure washing. Sixty to ninety days after your fence is installed and accustomed to its environment, you can stain or paint your wood fence. We recommend staining.

If you have a vinyl fence, skip the bleach solution, which can be a bit too harsh for the material. Instead, use a gentle detergent and water. Instead of a brush, which can scratch vinyl, use a soft cloth to wipe away dirt and stains.

Worn-Out Pickets or Leaning Posts

The pickets and posts on wooden fences can sometimes rot or become weak with age. When a post becomes weak, the fence might lean to one side or the other. Rotted pickets can create openings in the fence or affect its appearance.

Sagging Gates

It's common for the gate on a fence to start sagging over time. In order to prevent your panels from sagging, we suggest using an aluminum insert in the bottom rail. If your gate is sagging, use an 8’ aluminum insert in the hinge and latch posts to give the gate system more strength.

In some cases, replacing your fence might be the way to go. If you're not sure whether a quick fix will help or if you're better off with a new fence, let Fence Outlet help. We offer professional fence installation and are happy to help you make the right choice for your fence. Contact us today to learn more.

Posted in Repair and/or Replacement By Holly Halladay

Restoring Fences after Severe Water Damage

Saturday, December 15, 2018 3:14:00 AM EST5EDT

Florida's no stranger to storms, from thunderstorms to the occasional hurricane. While those storms can cause immediate, obvious damage, such as broken windows or shingles torn off roofs, they can also cause damage gradually.

For example, poor drainage around the posts of a wood fence in Orlando, Fl can lead to decay of the wood over time. Exposure to rain and humidity over years and years can lead to mold growth on wood or vinyl fences. Some types of metal fence can also rust after exposure to water.

Fortunately, you can restore and repair fences that have signs of severe water damage. What you do to fix up your fence depends on the type of damage and the source of the problem.

Removing Mold from the Fence

Humid conditions create an ideal environment for mold to grow. You might notice mold growth on a wood fence or a vinyl fence. How much mold depends on how long it’s been since the fence was cleaned and how much water the fence was exposed to.

Cleaning a moldy fence might not be a super fun job, but it's also usually not a difficult one. The cleaning solutions you use depend on the material of the fence.

To clean mold from a vinyl fence, mix some detergent or liquid soap into a bucket of warm water. For added cleaning power, add about a cup of distilled white vinegar, which will kill off the mold. Use a sponge to wipe the fence clean, then rinse off with a garden hose.

To clean mold from wood fences, combine a 1/4 cup of bleach and a gallon of water. You can add 1/4 cup of liquid soap for added cleaning power. Soak a sponge in the solution, wring out, then use it to wipe the mold off the fence. Rinse with clean water from a hose.

If the mold is really on there, you might want to try pressure-washing the fence to remove any particularly stubborn mold.

Replacing Damaged Fence Posts and Pickets

Poor water drainage around the posts of a wooden fence can cause them to rot over the years. Fixing the damage is a two-part process. First, you want to replace the damaged area of the post, or the entire post. Next, you want to create better drainage around the fence.

To do that, you can dig a shallow trench along the bottom of the fence. Fill the trench with gravel to create a better drainage situation. If you don't want to replace damaged areas of your fence on your own, the professionals at Fence Outlet are happy to help. Get in touch with us for a free quote today.

Removing Rust from a Fence

While some types of metal, such as aluminum, are rust resistant, not all are. If you've got a chain link fence that's looking rusty, you have a few options for getting rid of the rust. You can spray the rusty areas with hose, usually a high-pressure nozzle. You can also use steel wool or a wire scrub brush to remove areas of rust. Wiping the chain link with mineral oil can also help to remove rust.

Re-staining the Fence

The final step when restoring a wood fence after severe water damage is to re-stain it or give it a new coat of paint. Applying a new coat of paint or an oil-based stain will help to protect the wood from future damage and will breathe new life into your own fence.

Posted in Repair and/or Replacement By Holly Halladay
The experts at Fence Outlet, Central Florida’s largest fence provider, field a lot of questions about when it makes sense to repair a fence versus when it is time for a complete fence replacement.

There are numerous factors that go into making this decision including:

  • The age of the fence
  • Fence use
  • Fence location
  • Material composition
With a team of 42 service personnel on the showroom floor at any given time, Fence Outlet can help customers make the call.

“Wood fences are great – they provide privacy, security, add value to your property and enhance the home’s visual appeal,”
“However, wood doesn’t last forever and requires routine maintenance to keep it looking its best and functioning properly. If the fence is rotting, warping or falling down, at minimum it should be repaired and may need replacement.” said Fence Outlet owner & founder, Rajul Patel.

A shot of a wood fence before Fence Outlet replacement.

Different factors, such as the fences age, location and use help determine the choice between repairing your fence or if you need a full replacement.

Initial signs of fence deterioration include discoloration, splintering and warping. When any of these telltale signs are detected, a professional fence contractor should be contacted to replace the damaged panels before decay spreads. “In Florida’s humid climate, it’s especially important to routinely seal your fence to prevent decay,” said Patel. “If you don’t seal your fence and then have to replace damaged panels, it won’t match the original panels and could look unsightly.” Another side effect of a broken fence is compromised safety and security.  A broken fence can be a means of escape for a pet or child, can let in unwanted pests, and may not provide the privacy it may have been intended for. “If even a small part of your fence is deteriorating this can lead to the collapse of a much larger portion, leaving your yard completely fenceless,” said Patel.

“Though it’s possible to repair a wood fence on your own, you need the right tools, expertise, and time to do the job. I believe that the best option is to hire a professional fence contractor who can provide quality workmanship.”

Wood alternatives, such as vinyl, can be a better upgrade from traditional wood fencing due to durability and the savings they bring from painting or sealing.

Fence Outlet offers wood alternatives that are more durable and are made to look just like wood. A popular option is vinyl, which is made to look like wood, and saves the cost of painting or sealing. Fence Outlet showcases a wide variety of fence products, each offering distinct advantages.  With a combined 48,000 square-feet of showroom and inventory of fencing supplies in three Central Florida locations, Fence Outlet offers fences made out of either vinyl, aluminum, steel, wood or chain link.

All of Fence Outlet’s showrooms offer all of these products, plus arbors and gate openers. Many customers also turn to Fence Outlet for their incredible customer service providing professional, timely and quality fence installation and repairs“Our team will help you measure your project and assist with ordering all the materials on-line,” said Patel. “Then, you can turn the entire professional installation over to Fence Outlet for a complete turnkey project.”
Posted in Repair and/or Replacement Wood Fencing By Fence Outlet

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