Care and Maintenance of Iron Fencing
Ornamental iron fencing is tremendously strong while adding a look of elegance and remaining durable for long periods of time. Iron fencing also increases the open feeling of your home as it protects your family and furry friends. Texas Iron and Fencing experts carefully design and install ornamental fences for clients using quality products from the trusted brands of Ameristar, Fortress, and Blacksmith.
But to make the best use and optimize the return of investment on your iron fencing, clients should look into the care and maintenance of iron fencing to increase long-lasting durability and aesthetics. Below are a few tips into the care and maintenance of ornamental iron fencing.
Weather conditions such as rain and humidity can result in a rusted fence as well as create weed and vine growth on your fence, which can be hard to remove once they reach a certain point. While mowing, check along the fence for rust spots and weeds or vines to remove them before they become unmanageable. It’s very important to keep bristled vines away from your iron fence, as they result in small scratches along the metal and encourage the process of rusting.
Apply a protective coat of car wax or water repellent spray to keep the elements from chemically reacting with iron and prevent rusting. You can also protect your fence by painting with a rust-inhibiting paint and follow the preparation instructions.
To maintain your nice looking fence, clean it with warm, soapy water when it starts to become slightly dirty. This is also good for very early detection of rust spots before they have a chance of penetrating into the iron itself. Use a small cleaning brush to easily get in narrow and detailed spots. Follow up with a good rinse and let it dry once you’re done.
If your fence has small rust penetrated area that can’t be solved by cleaning, try to remove it as soon as possible with sandpaper and a fine wire brush. The longer you wait, the more damage will result as the penetration site grows over time. Once you’ve gone over the areas with sandpaper and a fine wire brush, protect those sections of the fence with wax, protective spray, or paint.
The best way to care for your ornamental iron fence is to perform a thorough inspection at least once a year. Look for loose hardware and footings, as well as cracks, damage, and rust. If you painted your fence as part of your efforts for protection, look for areas of cracking or peeling paint and resolve by sanding it down and applying another coat of paint. If you find bent sections or you come across a problem you don’t feel comfortable to handle, call our experts at Texas Fence and Iron at (281) 955-2050.
Texas Fence and Iron aims to deliver our clients with durable fencing for years to come. We want our customers to succeed – let us take over the worry of your fence. Click here to view our portfolio of iron and other types of fencing. For more information regarding our ornamental iron fence or other fencing options, visit our services page or contact us today.