Metal fences around your home help keep you secure and give your home a bit of extra style.
However, taking care of a metal fence isn’t as easy as it seems, even though metal is a relatively durable material designed to withstand the weather. The truth is that weather can take a toll on metal fences and turn a once beautiful fence into a dull looking one quicker than you might think.
Use these tips to help you keep your metal fences looking their best. You’ll save money and deal with less restoration work in the long run.
- Buy Good Quality. Buy high quality metal fences whenever possible. Metal fences with powder coated finishes will last longer than others, even if they cost more in the long run. They’re also generally easier to take care of and will look better over time.
- Take Care in All Weather. Keep metal fences clean. If you live in a cold weather area, the salts and minerals from rain, snow and ice will build up and damage the finish over a single season. Ideally, you’ll want to wipe down metal fences about twice every year. Even if you live in a warm weather area you’ll still want to wipe down your fences once per year at the beginning of spring. Wipe metalwork down when it’s warm so it can dry in the sun.
- Remove Rust. Use fine-grit sandpaper to remove any rust spots whenever you see them. Removing rust from your metalwork is essential if you want it to remain in good shape. It will also help cut down on major repairs.
- Keep It Covered. Cover your metalwork whenever possible. Metal pieces that can be covered during harsh weather or when not in use should be covered with a breathable material. That way mold and rust are less likely to build up because of trapped moisture.