Should You Repair or Replace Your Fence? Find Out Here

old picket fence that needs to be painted in front of green yard

Fencing is one of the best home projects, especially considering functionality, curb appeal, and return on investment. Quality fencing will look and function great, and you can expect to recoup at least 50 to 70 percent of fence installation costs in added property value.

If you have an old one, things get more complicated. Knowing whether you should repair or replace the fence can be hard. That is because it depends on a myriad of factors.

This article explores what those are. Keep reading to find out how they might apply to your home project.

Extend of Damage or Degradation

How much damage or wear and tear over time your fence has experienced is perhaps the only factor to consider when deciding between repair and replacement. You can replace a few boards or even vinyl or metal fencing sections. You can repaint faded fences (that are still structurally in good shape).

Some major signs to look for are rotting, decaying, loose, or leaning fencing. If your fence’s integrity has been seriously compromised in these ways, replacement may be the best course of action.

Age of the Fence

The age of your fence can be a factor to consider when deciding between repair and replacement. However, weigh it with the other variables on this list.

It also depends on the fencing material and how well it has been maintained. Most vinyl, aluminum, or wood fences can last 15 years or more. If upkeep has been lacking and the fence is approaching this age, then you may be looking at the end of the fence’s lifespan.


Your fence’s appearance makes this list because quality fencing will function well long after it fails to look great. If a fence appears especially ratty, it may be time to pull the trigger on a new one. This factor is one of personal preference since it depends on the level and type of aesthetic decline and how much it bothers you.

Cost of Repair vs. Replacement

A final major consideration when determining whether you should repair or replace a fence is the cost of ongoing DIY fence repairs. If the nominal price of minor fixes or upgrades is far less than replacement, you may try to keep it going for another year or two.

However, you may reach a point of diminishing returns. Fence repair costs- like replacing large sections- may rival those of complete fence replacement. Also, most reputable fencing companies will give you free estimates on repairs and fence replacement options, which makes it easy to compare the two.

Learn More About Whether to Repair or Replace a Fence

Now that you understand the factors that impact whether you should repair or replace a fence, you are ready to move forward. A prominent fencing company can further advise you on the right approach for your project.

Sustainable Construction Solutions offers premier fencing, decking, siding, and ADUs for customers in the Portland metropolitan area and southwestern Washington state. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality craftsmanship at competitive prices. Contact us today to discuss your fence repair or replacement or for fence maintenance tips.

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