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Signs that it is time to install a new Wooden Fence

Signs that it is time to install a new Wooden Fence

Most traditional garden fencing is made to last, however there are times where simple maintenance and care just won’t cut the deal and you will have to replace, repair and even erect a new fence. In this blog, we explore key signs to look out for, which clearly shoutout that it’s time for a new fence.

Leaning Fence 

Wooden fencing is a great way to separate and secure your borders from your neighbours, keep out intruders and offer a level of privacy for your home. Keeping your fencing in perfect condition is therefore essential. However, an aging fence will start to weaken, this might not be as easy to notice at first, but you will gradually see signs of its decline. This decline will eventually lead to your fence to lean from one side or the other.

A learning fence could be a result of many factors including severe weather conditions (storm, heavy winds and rain) or it could be the fact that your fencing is old. You can repair and fix a minor leaning fence by adjusting and securing the fence posts with a fence repair spur, however if your fence is leaning too outwards, then you may need to replace a new fence.

A leaning fence, which can’t be fixed by adjusting the fence post is a big sign that your fencing needs replacing. You might also want to consider redoing the posts, gravel boards and other fencing accessories while you replace the panels to ensure a new strong and durable fence.


If you notice rotting on your fence, then you should know that something is wrong with your fencing and you need to fix this. Unfortunately, even by maintaining your fence and using wood preservative, you may still find decay, this is because as a material, wood is prone to rotting over time. If you leave your fence to rot, then it will begin to deteriorate, spread throughout the fence and start looking less appealing. If your fence reaches this condition, then the only viable option would be to replace it.     


Sun exposure, rust or fading paintwork can lead to discolouring in your fence making it look dull and less attractive over time. Although treating your fencing will slow down the discolouring, unfortunately, if it has already discoloured then it may never look like it’s original colour ever again! This is a key sign that you should install a new fence.

Storm Damage

Living in the UK means lots of bad weather including storms, strong winds and rain. This is bad news for our fencing as storms and heavy winds can seriously damage our fencing to the extent that repairing or replacing a single panel is not an option and you will need to install a new fence. If your fence had been severely damaged or blown off by the wind then this is a clear sign that a new fence is required.

Missing Panels

Missing panels can be a major security issue and concern with people who have pets and young children. Not to mention that it will make your fence look odd and affect the aesthetics of your garden in general. An option can be to replace the missing panel, but if there’s cracks and chips in one too many panels, then maybe you should consider a new fence.

Costly Repairs

Sometimes repairing a fence repeatedly can become more costly than opting for a brand-new fence. Calculate the repair costs beforehand, and then decide what works out better financially.

Wear & Tear

Another sign which may indicate you need to install a new wooden fence is if there is a clear indication of wear and tear. Examples of wear and tear could be your pets scratching the fence or young children who repeatedly kick a ball at the fence causing damage. Sadly, these things are sometimes unavoidable and cause damage to the fence and will need repairing.

Garden Makeover

When you’re planning to redo and update your garden, don’t neglect your fencing because if you do, it may not fit in with the new look and feel of your garden. Fencing is also important for the aesthetics of your garden and will make a big difference.

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