Iron fence and gates are very attractive when installed to a property. They not only add protection to your house, but also good looks. However, it takes maintenance to keep their grace alive. There are a few tips that you can use to keep your fences and gates look beautiful throughout.
1. Take Protective Measures
Wrought iron rusts when exposed to elements like humidity and rain and thus, it can make your fences and gates weak and poor-looking. This problem is less common in Arizona than other states due to the climatic conditions, but it is still better to take some preventive measures. To avoid rusting, you can put a coat of wax on your wrought iron fence and gate. Alternatively, you can put a tarp on them during occasional rains. If the fence is near the pool, it is well likely to get rusted. In such a case, applying a protective sealant can help. You can get it at any hardware store near you.
2. Keep Your Fence and Gate Painted
Painting your fence and gate will also protect them from rust and damage. Paint, just like wax, creates a layer between iron and air which carries humidity. This layer will minimize oxidation and prevent rusting. Moreover, painting your fences and gates will give them a new look.
Keeping your fences and gates clean will not only make them look good, but will also help you in detecting any potential problems. Use a mixture of warm water and dish detergent to do the cleaning, and use a toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas. Clean the rusted areas and dirt off the fence and gate. After washing them with the mixture, rinse them with water and let them dry completely.
4. Regular Inspection of the Fence and Gate
Most problems can be easily fixed when spotted. Keep inspecting the iron fence and gates for cracks, loose or unstable footings, rust, etc. Look for chipped paint if the fence or gate has been painted. Chipped paint can allow space for rust to develop. Identify the areas of damage and take steps to repair it.
5. Repair Rust Spots
If you notice that a small area of your iron fence has begun to rust, you can easily fix it by following just a few steps. Clean that area with sandpaper to remove the rust. Then, apply wax to block further contact of iron with air, which will reduce oxidation and avoid the rust from developing any further. Paint that area to cover the spot. Painting can easily prevent rusting if you do it time to time. However, if a larger area of the fence or gate is affected by rust, you might need to call a company which specializes in repairing wrought iron fences.
6. Fix Bent Sections
If a section of your fence is bent due to an accident, then you can fix it yourself. Use a blowtorch to heat the bent section and then, use hammer to bring it back to its place. Take precautions while using the tools. However, if the damage is severe, you might want to call professionals to fix it.