How do I fix my fence?

My fence is 2 years old. The boards are warping and screws popping out. They are screwed into a metal frame.

  14 answers
  • William William on Apr 23, 2020

    Replace the warped boards. Probably the wrong type of screws were used causing them to pop out. Should have been sheet metal screws.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 23, 2020

    Hi Jodi, here's some good information from a professional contracor who also has a TV series. Maybe the info will hlelp you out! I hope it's worthwhile.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 24, 2020

    Hello Jodi,

    To stop the warping you have to stop the boards from drying out! Use a wood preservative on them. The timber will appear to drink it up .............Best wishes.

  • Alien Carraz Alien Carraz on Apr 24, 2020

    This is a good job to do. First, you take out all the VERY twtisted and bent boards and you put them all together as a package well tighted with three sergeants (one at each end and the other one in the center of the package). Then, you put the package in the pool or you use a hose and wet it very well and many times just to be sure that the boards have suck water. If they have a film of some type of protector, varnish or stain, this won't work. You'll need to sand them firts. Then leave the package well wet in the sand for some days (3 or 4)

    After the boards are straight, you'll also have to put a new line of boards in the center height of the fence in order to straight the rest of the boards in the middle. Too much work?

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 25, 2020

    If a fence company did the install you should give them a call and ask them what they can do about it - if it was a DIY project you could still get estimates from a fencing company for repairs or suggestions.

  • AL AL on Apr 26, 2020


    I believe that the boards were not sealed right or the boards were not dry when they were installed>. I would add another support board behind the fence in the middle. Remove the warped boards. Install warped boards back and use longer screws and screw in to the bottom support, new middle support and top support using two longer screws in each support. Now do this across the whole fence. Use as before two screws on top, two middle and two on the bottom also when screwing in make sure the screw is on an angle to hold them in the board better.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Apr 27, 2020

    Metal frames do not move and wood moves with the changes of seasons. I would probably just replace boards and have a hole in the board slightly bigger than the screw. The head of the screw will hold the board to the frame and the hole allows some wood movement. The wood needs to be protected from the elements.

  • 11374504 11374504 on Apr 27, 2020

    Replace the damaged boards and apply a good top coat like Thompson's Water Seal

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Apr 28, 2020

    if the board is unusable then Home Depot sells them to replace and just screw in. Then stain

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Apr 30, 2020

    Purchase new boards and use stainless steel screws to fasten them. Screws make it easy to replace fence boards.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2020

    I feel that you fence bend because it wasn't sealed and started to absorb humidity .. I would gently re- screw it and wait till it will slowly come back to the right position ans adjust screws until it is straight .... When that is done over couuple of days make sure to seal it so it won't happen again

  • Alien Carraz Alien Carraz on May 01, 2020

    Dear, I've made some mistakes with my english writting. Sorry about that. Instead of putting the package in the SAND I meant in the SUN...jajaja

  • MileyParker MileyParker on Jun 20, 2023

    Hey, I noticed this thread and thought I could offer some help. It sounds like your fence is experiencing some issues with the wooden boards warping and screws popping out. This is a common problem caused by changes in temperature and humidity. To fix this, you may want to consider replacing the warped boards with new ones and using longer screws to keep them in place. Alternatively, you could opt for a Vinyl fencing instead of wood. Vinyl is a durable and low-maintenance option that doesn't warp, rot, or need painting. While it may cost more upfront, it could save you time and money in the long run. I hope this advice helps! Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 01, 2023

    Replace the warped boards and use longer screws when installing the new boards.