Fences can be installed on a property for a number of reasons. Sometimes the fence is designed to keep people out, and other times it is to keep something contained within the fence line. No matter what the reason for the fence is, it is only as good as the weakest part of the fence. Check the fence often, and remember to watch for problems so you fix them as soon as they come up.
Inspecting The Fence
Take the time to look over the entire fence from time to time. You want to look for holes through or under the fence, as well as damage to a section of it. Depending on the style of fence you have, damage to the fence could mean changing a board or two or patching a hole in the fence itself. In either case, if you are not sure how to fix it, you can hire a contractor to come out and take a look at the damage and then give you a quote for the repair. In some cases, it might take an hour to fix -- other times it may take a day or two. It depends greatly on the amount of damage and the type of fencing you have.
Maintaining the Gates
If you fence has a gate or maybe even several gates in it, you should check the condition of them regularly. The gates need to work if you want to get in and out of the fenced-in area, and the hardware on them may need to be cleaned, oiled, and inspected from time to time. The gates require working hinges, a properly functioning latch system, and sometimes a lock to secure the gate. There may also be a vehicle gate that is large enough to get a car or truck. Oiling the hinges and latch system to keep them free and moving is really all that is required unless the gate has an automatic opener in it. If that is the case, you may need to have the electronics that run that part of the gate checked and adjusted by a company that offers gate repair service.
Types Of Fences
The type of fence you use on your property should reflect the purpose of the fence. A 6-foot high wooden fence may mark the area off as private, and the owner may want just that.
A chain link fence of the other hands is good for keeping the kids and the pets in the yard but without the concern for privacy. In fact, in some places, the style of the fence you can use in your yard is restricted by the Homeowners Association rules. If you have an HOA, you might want to ask what the guidelines are and how they apply to you.