What You Desperately Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Metal Fence

What You Desperately Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Metal Fence

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Many homeowners invest in privacy fences not only to increase their property values, but to also get more use out of their yards. After all, privacy fences keep animals and young children inside their perimeters, where they're safe, and they're relatively low-maintenance. That's not to mention the fact that they can act as sound barriers to unwanted noise when the materials are sufficient.

However, this does not mean that they're maintenance free. If metal privacy fences are left alone to defend themselves against the elements, then they'll rust and fall apart. Consequentially, homeowners will lose out on their investments, needing to either repair, replace, or get rid of their metal fences.

Instead of letting it come to that, homeowners should care for their metal fences. Here are a few tips to help.

Paint Them
One of the most important things homeowners can do to protect their metal fences is paint them. This creates a barrier between the metal and the air, which thus minimizes oxidation and reduces the chance of rusting. Plus, a fresh coat of paint can make any metal fence all the more attractive.

Clean Them
Dirty metal fences are not happy metal fences. Dust, dirt, debris, and mud will all eventually cover the fence, preventing homeowners from being able to see damage and rusting. Plus, dirty fences are unsightly. To keep them clean, homeowners should take a mixture of warm water and dish detergent to their fences with a cloth or power washer.

De-Rust Them
Over time, the protect paint might chip away, revealing the vulnerable metal underneath. If not caught in time and repainted, rust can develop. In the event that rust begins eating away at the fence, take steel wool to it in order to remove it. Then, apply some wax to stop the corrosion. Lastly, apply a fresh coat of paint to protect it.

Chain link fences, aluminum fences, wrought iron fences, and all other types of metal fences need to be looked after, cared for, and protected. If they're not tended to, they'll rust, fall into disrepair, and eventually need replacing, which can cost hundreds.

If you have any questions about taking care of metal fences, feel free to ask in the comments.

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Brett Crouse