Gate sagging is among the most common issues encountered with fences. The problem usually appears when the fence reaches a certain age, but it might affect new fences as well. Here are the most common causes:
- The deformation of the gate posts – strong winds, the erosion of the soil and aging can all cause the gate posts to lean inward, which will lead to the appearance of sagging;
- An uneven gate frame – the deformations suffered by the frame of the gate can also lead to sagging;
- Loose hinges – most fence gates are fixed to the frame with hinges. Even if you use the best hinges available, the screws that hold them in place can become lose or damaged, with will let the fence gate down a little bit, too.
Fortunately, all the above root causes are easy to remedy. In most cases, all you will need for the repair is a screwdriver and some new screws, maybe a hammer. If you have identified the problem that has caused the sagging, dismantle the gate, remedy the problem, then install the gate again. If you find the soil around the base of the gate too loose, compact the soil or pour some cement around it. In some cases, with extreme damage, your best bet is to find a person who specializes in repairing gates in Denver.