Fence Repair

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Fence Repair

Owning a sturdy and well-maintained fence is of utmost importance for any property owner. Besides marking the boundary of your land, a fence provides security, privacy, and an appealing aesthetic to your outdoor space. Nevertheless, as time goes by, fences can succumb to the effects of weather, aging, and accidents. In this article, we will offer invaluable insights and a step-by-step guide on fence repair, enabling you to restore your fence and revitalize your outdoor area.

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1. Assessing the Extent of Damage

The primary step in the fence repair process involves assessing the extent of the damage. Thoroughly inspect the fence to identify loose or broken boards, leaning posts, rusted nails, or any other signs of wear and tear. An accurate evaluation of the issues will allow you to plan and execute the necessary repairs more effectively.

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2. Gathering the Right Tools and Materials

Before embarking on the repair work, ensure you have all the required tools and materials on hand. Some essential tools include a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, level, saw, and measuring tape. Additionally, depending on the type of fence, you might need replacement boards, nails, screws, brackets, and paint or stain.

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3. Repairing or Replacing Damaged Boards

When encountering cracked, rotted, or broken boards, it is crucial to repair or replace them. Use a saw to remove the damaged section and replace it with a new board of the same size. Sand down any rough edges and apply a weather-resistant finish to protect the wood from further damage.

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4. Fixing Leaning or Unstable Posts

Leaning fence posts can undermine the stability of the entire fence. To address this issue, begin by removing any obstructions around the post. Next, use a level to check the post’s alignment and carefully straighten it. Add concrete or gravel around the base of the post to securely anchor it into the ground.

5. Dealing with Rust and Corrosion

Metal fences are susceptible to rust and corrosion. To tackle this problem, scrub the affected areas with a wire brush to remove rust. Apply a rust converter to prevent further corrosion and paint the metal fence with a rust-resistant paint to give it a fresh look.

6. Enhancing Curb Appeal

Once the necessary repairs are complete, consider enhancing the curb appeal of your fence. You can achieve this by applying a new coat of paint or stain that complements your property’s overall aesthetics. Additionally, adding decorative elements like lattice panels or post caps can elevate the appearance of your fence.

7. Routine Maintenance

To extend the lifespan of your repaired fence, regular maintenance is essential. Trim any overgrown vegetation around the fence, clean it periodically, and inspect for any signs of damage. Promptly address minor issues to prevent them from escalating into major problems.

Your fence plays a vital role in maintaining the security and beauty of your property. Regular maintenance and timely repairs are essential to keep it in excellent condition. By following the step-by-step guide provided in this article, you can efficiently conduct fence repairs and transform your outdoor space into an inviting and well-maintained area.


  • How much does fence repair cost?

The cost of fence repair can vary depending on the extent of the damage and the type of fence. Simple repairs may be affordable, while extensive damage may require more investment.

  • Can I repair a fence myself?

Yes, many fence repairs can be done as DIY projects, especially for minor issues. However, for significant damage or complex repairs, it is advisable to seek professional assistance.

  • How long does a fence repair take?

The time required for fence repair depends on the scope of the work. Small repairs may take a few hours, while larger projects might span over a few days.

  • How often should I inspect my fence?

It is recommended to inspect your fence at least once a year, preferably before the harsh weather seasons, to identify and address any issues promptly.

  • Is it better to repair or replace a fence?

In many cases, fence repair is a cost-effective solution. However, if the fence has extensive damage or has reached its lifespan, replacement might be a more practical option.

Remember, a well-maintained fence not only adds value to your property but also enhances your outdoor living experience. Regularly inspect your fence, promptly address any issues, and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and secure outdoor space.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In most cases a fence that is leaning over is a result of fence posts that have been compromised due to neglect, age, weather , or possibly vandalism. In most situations, it would be necessary to remove the old post(s) dismantle the necessary fence sections that are impacted, set new posts in quick drying concrete, and rebuild the fence section if the crossers and fence boards are still usable.

Leaning fences are most often caused by the following;

  1. Aging or rotting fence posts
  2. Most leaning fences nowadays are caused by severe wind storms or posts that will never set properly in cement
  3. Leaning fences can also be the result of fence posts that were never secured or installed properly. 
  4. Another factor that can cause a fence to lean, would be the result of a fence post which was not strong enough to support the weight of the fence sections.  Back in the 60s, 70s and 80s, most fences were installed using 4 x 4 fence posts. Todays standard for fence post installation would be either a 5 x 5 fence post or a 6 x 6 fence post.

Most certainly our team specializes in chain-link fence repairs.  In most cases a chain-link fence that is leaning, as a result, the compromised fence post. In order to remedy the situation and repair the fence, our standard procedure would be to reset the post(s) affected.  In some cases the fence posts can be straightened without having to remove the metal mesh or the top rails.  

The chain-link fence repair will be diagnosed by our team of professional fence experts, and the appropriate solution applied.

A vinyl fence and may suffer cracking due to the age of the vinyl fence materials, weather related issues or possibly even vandalism.  In order to fix a damaged or cracked vinyl fence, our team would need to contact the original supplier of materials, so that the same or similar materials can be used for the repair.

An old rotting fence is mostly due to the age of the fence, and weather related issues ie: moisture. If the fence posts are still in good shapes and secure Then, quite often, our team would be able to replace the fence boards or crossers that have become rotton or compromised. The fence itself is rotten, this becomes a much bigger job, where the affected fence sections have to be dismantled and pulled out of the ground. New fence posts would need to be installed, and then a rebuild or a reassembly of the crossers and fence boards.

Yes, This simple answer is yes.  We love meeting with new customers, offering our advice and suggestions around different fence related projects.  We enjoyed gathering all of the important information necessary in producing a free written detailed estimate.  In most cases, we can produce an estimate on the same day. 

Absolutely not, in almost all cases before finalizing an estimate, it is in the best interest of our team and the homeowner to participate in a completely free / no obligation site visit. We feel that site visits are extremely important, as we get to see things, sometimes obstacles or challenges that we are not able to determine over the phone or through photographs.  Our goal is to provide fair and detailed estimates in a very timely manner and also to give the customer a strong sense of confidence in terms of booking the job(s) with our team.

In all cases we pride ourselves in doing a quality installation and build, and build all of our wooden fences using screws ( not nails), which provides a far superior quality installation.

Yes,  kindly give our team a call, we will schedule a visit to your property, conduct a free site visit.   We will provide you with an estimated cost to remove your damaged or broken fence.

For residential applications, a 4 foot or a 5 foot chain-link fence would be our most affordable option.  The look and feel of a modern shiny new black chain-link fence is actually quite attractive.  A chain-link fence requires virtually no maintenance, and will look new for many years to come. 

Yes.  Please contact us at your convenience to discuss your specific needs, budget and design requirements.

Yes. We can most certainly assist you with financing through one of our financing partners.  Fencing can be expensive, and we offer a financing option(s) for our customers that require that extra bit of help from a financial perspective.

With today’s ever-changing weather patterns, especially some of the high winds that we have recently been experiencing, it is our recommendation to build or repair fences using a 5 x 5 post, or a 6 x 6 post.   For fences with less height, for example, a 3 foot or 4 foot high picket fence, then by all means a 4 x 4 post is more than adequate, as the weight load on the post is significantly less.

In addition to serving the Peterborough and Kawartha’s, we also provide our services in the following areas;

  1. Lindsay
  2. Millbrook
  3. Port  Hope
  4. Coburg
  5. Bowmanville
  6. Newcastle
  7. Norwood

Our highly efficient and experienced team can install an average chain-link fence in one day, depending of course on the amount of linear footage.

Our highly efficient and experienced team can install an average chain-link fence in one day, depending of course on the amount of linear footage.

Building an affordable wood fence is most certainly a viable option.  Our recommendation would be to select a wide-gap pressure-treated fence, using 4 x 4 posts, with a top crosser and a bottom crosser.  This design is considered the most affordable, due to the fact that less materials are used with this particular design.  Less materials equates to less labour which equates to a more affordable fence design.

Yes, a pressure-treated fence can be painted.  However, we recommend waiting approximately 4 to 6 months until the chemicals used to treat the wood have dried up.  If you were to spray some water onto the fence, if you notice some beading, then your fence is not ready to be painted.  If you spray the fence and the result is no beading on the wood, then it is safe to paint your fence. 

Yes, It is certainly more costly to build a fence using cedar wood, mainly due to the cost of the wood materials.  Labour wise, the cost is virtually the same as building a fence out of pressure-treated wood.  A cedar fence has a strong curb appeal and aesthetic. Cedar wood is not only beautiful to look at, it also has a long lifespan, and stands up well to the elements of weather.

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