Metal fencing is one of the most durable types of fencing on the market. However, it does require proper maintenance to keep it in excellent condition. Over time, metal fencing can begin to deteriorate from exposure to rain and snow. These are some ways to winterize your metal fence to ensure that it remains strong and long lasting.
Checking Fence Coating
Metal fencing is often coated with a rust proof paint or sealer. However, this coating may peel when exposed to cold damp weather for several years. It can also be accidentally chipped away if the fence is accidentally bumped by lawn mower or weed eater while cutting the grass close to the fence.
If you find areas where the coating has come off, this will need to be repainted with a rust resistant enamel to prevent rust from developing.
Removing Fence Rust
If it has been several years since you have checked your fence coating, rust may already be evident on your fence. The rust needs to be removed quickly before your fence begins to break down.
Use a stiff wire brush to remove all signs of rust from the fence. Then sand these areas to remove any rough, gritty residue. Wipe the area down so that the surface is smooth. Then apply a rust proof primer and a coat of rust proof enamel to the affected area.
Replacing Damaged Posts
Metal fences that have narrow metal posts may not stand up to harsh weather elements as well as wide, solid metal posts. Look closely where the narrow vertical posts are attached to the wider horizontal sections of the fence. This area may hold rain water so that rust begins more quickly.
Fortunately, these narrow posts can be replaced if necessary. It may be easier and less time consuming to have the damaged posts replaced than removing the rust and repainting them.
Replacing Small Parts
Small, removable parts on a metal fence also tend to wear more quickly than the rest of the fence. This includes the hinges, latches or handles on the gates of the fence. If these areas are damaged, they can be easily replaced without being extremely expensive.
When examining your fence, walk the entire fence line to ensure that all areas are in good working condition. This should be done every year before the weather turns cold. This will prevent minor repairs from becoming more difficult and expensive to fix since they are not left to be exposed to inclement weather.
For more information on fencing supplies, contact a company like Harrington & Company.