Antique and salvaged fencing can look gorgeous, and you may be able to find a great deal online, or in a salvage yard. Before you buy anything, there are a few things to consider.
Actual Cost Of The Fencing
Many people think that buying an antique or salvaged fencing will be more cost effective than buying new, but this is rarely the case. Often, sellers will charge more because it’s unique and more exclusive, but that doesn’t make it any more durable, or better
Finding The Appropriate Quantity
You will not be able to specify exactly how much fencing you need. This means that you could end up with too little, or too much. Buying too much isn’t usually a massive problem, unless you have a tight budget, but buying too little can be. It can be difficult to find matching fencing, and it’s problematic to have fencing replicated. Antique fencing tends to have unique components and castings, and if they can be replicated, it can be extremely costly.
Finding Parts Is Difficult
As many antique fencing is unique, it can be very difficult to find parts compatible with it. The components may no longer be available, and often, when fencing is being salvaged, the hardware is left behind. This can mean that you actually have no way to erect the fencing or mount the gate once you get your fencing home.
There’s hidden costs in buying antique and salvaged fencing. It will need to be properly refinished. It needs to be media blasted, coated with a primer, and then powder coated. Even if you decide to keep the natural aged patina, there will still be problems as it can dramatically shorten the lifespan of the fencing. Additionally, there may be some rot, or bent pieces that will need to be fixed before installation.
Replacing Damaged Pieces
Older fences can damage easily, especially if they’re not properly refinished, or looked after. Replacing pieces, hardware and components can be exceptionally difficult, or particularly expensive. You may have to replace the whole fence.
With all of these factors taken into account, you should examine new fencing options as well before you make any purchasing decisions.