Once you have your new fence in place, you want to make sure it looks its best for many years to come. Metal fences are not indestructible. For all of their strength and durability, they do have weaknesses. Once you understand what can damage a fence, it becomes easier to protect it and keep it looking beautiful.
Here are some tips to keep your new metal fence looking beautiful:
- Clear Away Debris
Clear away any trash or lawn debris that accumulates near the base of the fence. The longer debris remains in place, the more moisture it can collect. This can lead to rust and soil erosion that will loosen the ground where the posts have been buried.
- Remove Rust as It Appears
Remove rust as it appears. Chain link fences or those made with galvanized metal won’t rust. Wrought iron fences, however, will start to rust or deteriorate. Remove rust as it appears using a wire brush and promptly apply oil or wax until you can paint the area with a rust proof paint.
- Clean the Fence Regularly
To protect your fence from airborne or chemical contaminants, rinse the fence regularly and wash it with a low suds soap every couple of months. This prevents any paint damaging chemicals from building up.
- Apply a Protective Coating
Metal grade wax makes an excellent protective coating that will keep fences from rusting. Make sure to apply the wax in the crevices and joints where moisture can accumulate.
- Maintain Landscaped Areas
Always maintain landscaped areas. Keep the bushes and plants trimmed and away from the fencing. Remove dead or dying brush and debris and keep leaves and twigs from collecting around the base of the fence.
If you want your metal fences to look beautiful for years to come, simple maintenance will keep them in good working order and looking their best.