white picket fenceWhether it was a recent storm that sent a tree through your fence, or a neighborhood kiddo who tried climbing itdoing some damage in the process, you’ll want to patch that fence as soon as possible. Do make sure to keep these four things in mind when you’re planning, buying the materials and installing your own fence. It doesn’t matter if you have a wooden, chain link, or vinyl fence – these tips will help you patch your own fence!


1. Make Sure the Patch Matches Your Fence

It seems a bit obvious at first, but you’ll want to ensure that the piece or pieces you use to patch your fence match the rest of your fence before buying it! On their own, consumers often have a hard time finding the exact material or color of their fence. We recommend bringing a sample of your fence to compare to the models available, if you plan on getting your materials from a big box store or fence supply company. Having the original paperwork from your fence will make your search even easier. If you still can’t find the exact color or material of your fence, Timberland offers a variety of fence repair services, specializing in matching fence pieces, staining wood, and finding uncommon colors and patterns to fit your fencing needs.


2. Nature Makes Patching Your Fence Hard

Now that you’ve found the proper material and color for your fence, you can go home and start the repairs, right? Maybe. Remember, the piece of fence you’re holding is brand new – it hasn’t been exposed to the elements for as long as the rest of your fence. So it’s likely that at first, the pieces won’t match. This isn’t a problem for most vinyl fencing, but for chain link or wooden fences, this can be yet another setback. If you’re replacing a section of chain link fence, matching can be particularly difficult. The best thing to do is paint the affected area or, if that doesn’t look right, you might be better off painting the entire length. If you’re patching a wooden fence, you can do a bit more to make the patch match. Aging the wood is easy to do over a small section and all you need is vinegar and water.  


3. Know the Height of your Fence

Many people don’t consider the height of their fence when purchasing their patch materials.This, however, is especially important if you have to replace a fence post. Fence posts come in a variety of different sizes and styles, meaning that they have to be set into the ground at different depths. Make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you undertake digging your own post holes, use the proper tools and materials, and always keep your safety in mind.


4. Use the Right Fasteners for Patching Your Fence!

Don’t just grab any old screw or nail out of your basement for this repair. If you have a wooden fence and you’re planning on replacing the panels yourself, make sure to select a quality, outdoor screw or nail to keep the patch from falling apart. If you’re patching a chain link or vinyl fence, identify the appropriate fasteners for your particular fence by bringing it into the store with you, or by looking online for a replacement.

Keeping these things in mind will help you as you work on patching your own fence. If they don’t work for you, or you just don’t feel comfortable doing the repairs yourself, go ahead and give Timberland a call.