Even if you made it through the recent bomb cyclone that hammered Colorado in March, there’s a chance that the fence on your property didn’t. Winds that approached 100 MPH can do a lot of damage. Was your fence damaged during the recent Colorado bomb cyclone? If so, what’s the best way to repair it?
Should You Do It Yourself or Hire a Fencing Pro?
First of all, let’s be honest about the main reason Colorado homeowners consider installing their own fence: It can save them money. The key word here is “can.” While your initial cost for a DIY fence will almost certainly be lower than having a fencing professional do it. The real question you have to ask is what kind of value you’re getting for the money you spend. And you’ll also need to consider whether it will really save you money in the long run. Here’s why.
1. It Takes a Skill Set
Not everyone is skilled at the kind of work required to build or repair a solid fence. Some people are handy with tools and know how to do what needs to be done—and do it properly. Others . . . not so much.
2. It Requires the Right Equipment
Do you have the equipment necessary to do a good job? Digging post holes may not be rocket science, but it's awfully hard work—especially in out rocky Colorado soil. You'll also be looking at a lot of cutting. That's not something you want to tackle with an old handsaw. Know what you are getting into before you start to ensure you won't eat away at your savings from having to rent or purchase equipment to get the job done.
3. Materials Matter
It can be hard to get good material. When you head to one of the big box home improvement stores to pick out your wood you may be surprised to find that a lot of the lumber isn’t exactly straight. It can really take a lot of time to sort through all the warped and cracked material to get what you want.
4. The Value of Your Time
What is your time worth? Many homeowners are surprised at how long it takes them to complete a fence. If you enjoy the work, that’s great. But if there are other things you’d rather be doing, repairing your fence can get in the way. Plus, your labor is a kind of hidden cost. Even if you “pay yourself” minimum wage, that’s a cost you may not have calculated.
We already mentioned that it often takes homeowners longer to finish a project than they expect. A professional will complete the project much more quickly. They do this kind of work day-in and day-out. Fence repair and installation companies have the systems in place that simply make them more efficient (and you less frustrated).
6. The Cost to Re-do a Poorly Installed Fence
If your skills and materials aren’t quite up to speed, you may find yourself having to re-do your fence more quickly than expected. Two cheaply done fences usually cost more than one well-crafted fence, in both time and money.
Install A Fence That’s Designed for Colorado Weather
The recent bomb cyclone that passed through (and damaged your fence) isn't the only time you'll have to deal with high winds in Colorado. One thing you may want to think about is a fence that's designed for Colorado weather—and that includes wind. While we're not windy all the time, it's not unusual to get strong winds in almost any season. A shadowbox fence—like the one you see pictured here—can be a good solution. This design uses alternating vertical boards that allow wind to pass through the fence. That means less likelihood of your fence being blown down. And even though the fence allows air to flow through, it still provides great privacy when installed properly.
Why Get a New Fence Now?
Fencing companies historically get extremely busy in the spring and summer months. Right now a lot of Colorado homeowners are still thinking about inside living. Getting started now can mean less waiting for a completed fence. That means you’ll be able to enjoy your yard even in those early days of spring and then all summer long. That’s important if you have children or pets that you need to protect.
We realize that some people are really good with tools and enjoy doing work around the home. If that describes you, repairing or replacing your own fence may make sense. But, if you’re not so confident in your building skills—or you’d rather be doing other things—give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate for a professionally installed fence.