A leaning fence can be prevented.

A leaning fence can be prevented with good installation.

A wood fence can be an important feature of your landscape. It serves to mark a perimeter, keep animals and kids safe, or add privacy and beauty to your yard. When a wood fence leans, it’s not only unattractive, but may no longer be safe.  A leaning fence is a strong indication that it may be time to determine whether you have additional fence issues.

Why Wood Fences Lean

  1. Rotten or shifting fence posts.
    • Rotten or broken bases often occur if the bases are the wrong type of wood. They may not be rated for use as fence posts that come in contact with the soil.
    • Bad weather can also cause fence posts to shift and rot. This is common during and after a rainy season or with a combination of severe rain and aggressive wind. If the posts have shifted, the solution may be as easy as buying a replacement picket for a few bucks at the hardware store, standing the fence up straight, and re-cementing the posts. Chances are the posts are rotten and will cause the fence to fall over in a few weeks. In that case, the long-term solution is to replace your wood fence with a new one.
  2. Shallow fence posts are a sure recipe for a leaning fence. Good fences are made of more than just what you can see. The posts underneath the fence are every bit as important as the beautiful fence you see above ground. If the posts are not deep enough, your fence will likely fall over. Fence posts are the anchors for a strong, structurally sound fence that will stand against high winds, storms, and excess ground moisture and will prevent a leaning fence from developing.
  3. Natural weathering. Because wood is a natural material, even pressure-treated wood tends to warp over time. Wood is stressed when it absorbs moisture, causing it to swell, and then dries out. This will cause it to shrink. This process may cause wooden fence panels to crack or warp and cause your fence to lean. For this reason, it’s important to install a wood fence with the proper length of wood between support posts to prevent too much stress on unsupported wood.

Accent Fence

Accent Fence is your established Atlanta fence company, committed to installing custom fencing you can count on. We’ll help you find the style of wood fence you need and our professional fence builders will install it with a solid workmanship guarantee. Call us at 770-995-7463, find us on Facebook or submit your estimate request online.