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How to Tell When You Need Fence Services

Fences are often an easily neglected part of our home. Once built, it's easy to forget about it as it's exposed to all manner of things. From hail and rain to battering winds, not to mention rot, pests and erosion. Your fence can withstand a lot! But, it's not impervious to damage. If it's not maintained properly, eventually the structure will need replacing.

Replacing a fence is a much bigger investment than maintaining it. That's why it's important to familiarize yourself with common signs of disrepair. That way, you can call a local handyman service to take care of the problem before it gets worse.

One such service is the team at My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline and Chelsea. Our expert technicians have decades of experience completing a range of repair, improvement and maintenance projects for clients throughout Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. Whether your gate is sticking because of a rusted hinge or the entire structure is leaning, we have the skills to get the project done right the first time.

Learn more about what warning signs indicate you need fence services, as well as how the team at My Handyman can help, by reading below:

5 Warning Signs

1. Leaning Posts

Leaning posts are a very common problem that's typically the result of poor maintenance and erosion around where the posts are dug into the ground. While it might be easier to replace the entire structure and start new—particularly if the damage is severe—it's possible it can be corrected. Leaning posts are usually secured with concrete, rigid foam or a ground spike.

2. Accidental Damage

As they say… accidents happen. Sometimes your teenager backs into your fence while learning to drive. Other times, a bad storm breaks tree branches that fall on the structure. Unfortunately, accidents are unavoidable. But, with the help of the team at My Handyman, we can repair and/or replace the entire section that was damaged. We'll also paint it so it matches seamlessly with the original sections.

3. Inoperable Gates

Gates that don't open or close properly are frustrating—and can be nerve wracking if you have a dog that likes to run through the neighborhood, given the chance. Generally, issues with a gate are due to its hinges. Perhaps the hinge is rusted, sagging or has broken off completely. Not to worry though, this is a simple repair easily handled by the team at My Handyman!

4. Missing/Broken Pickets

Did you wake up this morning, pour a cup of coffee and let the dog out only to notice one of your pickets is missing? Sometimes planks and boards fall down without us even noticing. Luckily, it's quite a simple fix to install a new board that is inline with the original fence.

5. Rust, Discoloration and Paint Damage

You might think that peeling paint, chipped stain and corrosion are merely an aesthetic issue. Although this is true to a degree—dilapidated fences are an eyesore—more importantly, these issues could cause further damage to the structure. Corrosion is a sign the metal is starting to break down, which may weaken wrought iron or chain link fences. Likewise, damaged paint and stain might enable wood rot to eat away at your wooden posts and planks.

Our Services

At My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline and Chelsea, we provide a complete fencing service that ensures your structure looks and functions its best year after year. From as-needed repairs to complete makeovers, discover what we can do:

Maintenance and Repairs

From nails that are popping out of wooden boards to posts that need to be straightened, our team of handyman experts has the skills to get all your fence repairs done in just one call. Not only can we efficiently and correctly fix the damage, but we're also familiar with working with a variety of different materials, such as:

  • Wood

  • PVC/vinyl

  • Aluminum

  • Wrought iron

  • Chain link

Painting and Staining

As mentioned above, regular painting and staining is one of the surest ways to prevent damage to your fence—not to mention, revitalize the structure's appearance and boost your curb appeal. And it's not just wood that can benefit from a fresh coat of paint—maintaining wrought iron helps to prevent corrosion.

Regular Cleaning

Just like anything else on your property, your fence needs to be cleaned from time to time. This ensures it stays in good condition. Unfortunately, letting the rain wash it doesn't count! Rain is seeped in pollution, so it actually adds to the existing grime—rather than washing it away. The best way to clean your fence is to hire professional power washing services. A pressure washer will thoroughly clean the structure. It can also remove chipped and peeling paint, which is perfect for priming the surface before painting.

Hire Our Professional Services Today!

When your fence has seen better days, trust the fencing professionals at My Handyman of Ann Arbor, Saline and Chelsea to get it looking good as new! Not only do our expert technicians provide quality services, efficient repair solutions and first-class customer service, but we can also tackle multiple projects in just one visit. We truly are your “one call does it all!” service provider. From gate repair services to power washing and gutter cleaning, in our hands your property will look truly revitalized.

To book an appointment with a fencing expert today, we invite you to call our friendly customer service representatives at 734-666-3021. You can also reach us online by submitting a service request form.