If you notice that your fence gate is creaking, sticking, or not working at its best, now is the time to start on those repairs! Fixing your fence gate before winter kicks in is essential, not only can you prevent any damage from the wind swinging your ill-working gate open, but it can prevent it from degrading further. If your damage is caused by rust or rot, waiting can produce more of the fence to need repair come spring.
Determine the Cause
Start by giving the area you will be working on a thorough clean if it has become dirty. If the cause of your problems is not immediately apparent, taking the time to clean off any debris or dirt may help you find the source. Often fence issues can be caused by the posts holding the fence, erosion that has created a buildup under where the fence swings, or rust on the hinges. Once you have identified the cause, you can begin to plan your next steps.
Make The Repairs
If your posts have gone bad, you will need to entirely remove the gate door, replace the posts, and reattach the door. While this can be done yourself, the posts holding the gate are the two most crucial to your fences functionality. Having a professional install the new posts may be more conducive to your time and the long-term solution. If the problem stems from rusted hinges, these are much easier to replace yourself. Just ensure to use a level as you attach new fixtures. Lastly, if the summer storms have kicked up a lot of dirt in your yard, the ground under where your fence gate swings may have raised over time. When dealing with this issue your fence is not truly the problem, and you can simply adjust your landscaping accordingly.
Finish It Up
Once you have finished up your repairs, it’s time to take the last steps of preventative care to ensure your fixes will last. If you’ve replaced full posts, you will want to make sure that the fence is fully finished with paint, stain, or a powder coating (depending on the material) to ensure it isn’t susceptible to water damage, mildew, or insects. Likewise, if you’ve replaced the fixtures, you may add a layer of clear finish to ensure that you do not have any rust appear over the winter.
Contact United Fence and Deck Now!
If you’re ready to see just how great a fence can make your home look, you can rely on United Fence & Deck to meet them. We’ve got a reputation as a family-owned business for providing great service and prices throughout the Eastern Shore. We proudly provide our fence and deck services to Easton, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Talbot County, Dorchester County and Queen Anne’s County. Contact us online or give us a call at (410) 476-7073 for more information. For updates about our company, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.