Residential Fences: Dos and Don'ts of Fence Maintenance

Ornamental iron fencing, chain link fencing, and wire fencing are considered the top three residential fences as they are extremely durable. They do, however, require a certain level of maintenance and repair to ensure your home's safety, overall value, and curb appeal. When it comes to residential fence care and maintenance, it is important to know what you should and should not do.

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The following fence care tips will help you preserve the integrity and reliability of your residential fence, be it iron, chain link, or wire fencing:

  • Remove any bubbling or chipped paint if it begins to appear.
  • Move decorative plants, shrubs, and grasses away from the fence. Trim overhanging branches. 
  • Check for loose posts every month or so, especially if the fence has been hit by a car or other large objects.
  • Always look for any weak areas that may begin to show along the fence and promptly have them repaired.
  • If twigs or sticks are lodged in the fence, promptly remove them and check the fence for damages.
  • Always make sure latches and hinges are in good condition. If a latch or hinge becomes damaged or does not work properly, fix it immediately.
  • Let a fencing contractor repair your fence. 


Residential fencing - iron, chain link, or wire fencing can also be damaged or compromised by certain things you do when trying to improve your property. Fence maintenance tips to avoid any damage or deterioration include:

  • Don't try to paint your metal or wire fence.
  • Don't plant any shrub next to the fence itself, always move it out one or two feet to prevent the branches from getting caught in the fence.
  • Never allow anything heavy to be leaned against or placed upon the fence.
  • Don’t wait too long for completing a minor fence repair to avoid costly repairs later on.

If you are looking for fence repair and maintenance, contact us for a free estimate.

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Ron Frazelle

Ron Frazelle is the Project Manager of La Habra Fence Company, a leading chain link fence company in Southern California for over 65 years. Ron is committed to providing the best customer service, high quality products and quick project completion at the best overall value for his clients. La Habra Fence offers a wide variety of fencing options, including chain link fences, ornamental iron fences, security cages and security gates.