The next step is to check the fence panels themselves. Look for any cracks, splits, or other damage. Damages can occur due to severe weather, age, insects, or even a combination of circumstances. You’ll need to do the fence repair or replace the affected panels should you find any. Depending on the severity of the damage, this may be a relatively easy process. However, if the damage is severe, you may need to replace the entire panel.
If your fence is painted or stained, be sure to check the condition of the finish. Consider applying a new coat if it is starting to flake or peel. Properly maintaining the coverage will help protect the wood and keep your fence looking its best.