Why Cleveland Homeowners Need Regular Wood Fence Maintenance

In Blog by Jim Randall

wood fence install ohioNothing enhances the value and look of a Cleveland, Ohio property like a beautiful wood fence. They are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and will enable you to personalize your yard with many unique designs and colors. Wood fences are also a great way to give your property definitive borders and an aesthetic appeal.

A sturdy wooden fence will keep both kids and pets safe in your yard and the strays out. However, just like all components of a home, these fences deteriorate and will need replacement. A newly installed wooden fence will last longer and serve you for many years.

When Should I Replace My Wood Fence?

There are many signs to look out for, but it will mostly depend on the type of material your fence is made of. Typically, wood fences in newly constructed properties in Northeast Ohio are made of cedar or redwood. These types of materials are more resistant to rot and decay than other species.

However, no matter how durable the wood is, it will eventually deteriorate and you’ll find yourself in a situation where a full out replacement will be necessary. Hopefully, you’ll detect this early and avoid any safety issues that old fences are prone to cause. Below are some of the reasons to hire the services of a skilled fence installer in the OH area.

Structural damage

Wood fences in Cleveland get hit with a lot of bad weather all year round. From soaking to freezing and drying during the summer, the weather can wreak havoc on all species of wood. Sprinklers and vegetation can also contribute to the rotting process, and once it occurs, it’ll only be a matter of time before your fence will need to be replaced.

NeoFence can help install a new wooden fence with high-quality and durable wood. We are based in Cleveland and serve customers who are located within a 60-mile radius of Cleveland, OH.

After the installation, we can provide an aftercare maintenance service if requested. Our maintenance service will save you money on an early replacement and keep your fence looking like new for a long time.

People who don’t want to be bothered by regular maintenance can opt for vinyl or aluminum fences. These are maintenance free but more expensive than wooden fences.

Aesthetic Damage

Your wood fence might lose its good looks after a while. Insects like termites can chow down on the fence and create cracks and holes destroying the wood over time. Replacing the boards and treating the ravaged wood may be the only way to ensure that your fence is sturdy and unattractive to these little critters.

Also, the wood can become faded and old from dirt, mold, and grime. The Northeast Ohio summer sun can be intense and cause more damage to your fence as UV rays can change the color of the wood. After a few years, repainting and restaining will not be sufficient to bring your fence back to life – only a new installation will do the job.

Other Damage

The Cleveland humidity is an enemy of wood fences, and so is the summer heat. Exposure to the sun can damage the wood’s protective oils, and cause splintering, shrinking, and splitting. This results in unappealing cracks and large gaps between your fence boards. Repairing the fence will only work in the short-term.

Nails and other fence components made of metals can also become rusted. They can quickly corrode and cause ugly streaks down the wood. Sometimes, the nails could even become loose and this is a safety hazard for kids and pets.

When we install a new fence, we paint and stain it to protect it from the elements. But not all fence installers follow these best practices. NeoFence takes great care when installing your new fence so that it will serve you longer.


Sometimes you may need to replace a board or two, and at other times a full installation may be necessary. If you detect a structural problem early, you may only need to remove a section of the fence rather than replacing the whole thing.

NeoFence can help you install and maintain your fence so that you will enjoy it for many years. We will carry out a full assessment of your yard and make recommendations that will ensure that your new wood fence satisfies your aesthetic and functional needs.