5 Signs You Should Have Your Fence Painted

Fence painting can spruce up an old fence or give a new fence the right color and finish to fit in with the style of your landscaping. Here are some signs that you should have your fence painted.

1. The fence's paint is chipping or peeling

One big sign that your fence needs new paint is that the current paint is damaged. Blisters, chipping or peeling spots, or very weathered areas where the wood of your fence is showing through are all signs that the coat of paint has reached the end of its lifespan.

2. Your fence doesn't match your home's exterior

Some types of fencing may not require paint to protect them from the elements. Vinyl fencing, for instance, isn't susceptible to rot like wood fencing is. But you can still paint it if you want to change the color of the fence.

If you've recently given your home a major facelift, you wouldn't want the landscaping and other yard features such as your fence to spoil the effect. So, once the house itself is taken care of, you'll want to give your fence a fresh coat of paint to ensure that it at least coordinates with the home's color scheme. You may even be able to match the trim color exactly if you want.

3. You need to apply specialty paint on your fence

If you have problems with environmental situations that cause paint or fence damage, you may need a special type of paint to provide resistance. For example, if you live in a very humid climate you may need paint that's mold- and mildew-resistant.

Or if you live near the ocean, you may need a type of paint that will resist the damaging effects of salt in the air. Talk to your fence painter about these and other specialty types of paint.

4. You don't remember when you last maintained your fence

Different types of fence material may need different levels of maintenance. If you don't know when the fence was last maintained or haven't performed any maintenance in the past few years, now is a great time to get started. Having the fence cleaned with a pressure washer and then repainted is a great start.

5. You're putting your house on the market

When you're putting your house up for sale, you want everything to look shiny and new as well as tidy, organized, and stylish. The exterior aspects are especially important since they affect your home's curb appeal and can make or break a good impression before potential buyers even walk inside. So if you're thinking of selling, a fresh coat of paint on your fence is a great idea.

These are some of the ways you can tell that you may need to schedule a fence painting job. If you notice any of these signs, get in touch with your fence painting contractor to discuss the potential cost of the job.