Metal fences are a great addition to your home; they have a strong aesthetic appeal and sound structure, and are durable to boot. They can even last for decades if made with the right materials. However, that doesn’t mean they’re immune to their greatest enemy: rust. The smallest bit of rust can actually compromise your metal fence’s lifespan so proper maintenance is a must if you want it to last longer than expected. Thankfully, there’s a way to make this a bit easier on you.
In this post, Metal Warehouse Inc., the go-to place for metal supplies, provides a step-by-step guide for caring for your metal fence.
Remove Rust, and Apply Rust Converter
The first thing you can do when maintaining your fence is to remove the rust with a fine wire brush. Avoid using heavy corded wire brushes because they can ruin your fence’s integrity. Rinse the fence with a non-ionic detergent and water, and let it dry. You can also apply rust converters to areas with rust as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and wear the required protective gear.
After the first step, you can now add a thin coat of oil-based primer. Let it completely dry afterwards. Alternatively, you can also use spray-on primers for easy application so long as it’s made for metal.
There’s no doubt that the rust has compromised your metal fence’s paint job. Add a fresh coat of oil-based paint to your fence to rectify this. To get the best results, you can also hire Metal Warehouse Inc., the experts in metal panels and metal fencing services, to get the job done for you.
Clean the Fence
So, you’ve applied a fresh coat of paint to your fence. The best thing you can do now is to maintain it; clean your fence every six months with a mixture of soap and water before applying a thin layer of metal-grade fence to protect the surface.
Replace Fasteners, and Grease Hinges
If your fence has missing fasteners, take a trip to your local hardware store immediately, and replace them. Otherwise, further damage can happen. Grease the hinges annually as well for a smoother and quiet opening. Leaving them dry can cause them to break and separate from the fence itself.
To get the best service, turn to Metal Warehouse Inc. for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of metal building components and fencing services. Give us a call at (903) 771-2058, or fill out our contact form to request a quote.