Iron fences in Austin are exposed to a variety of elements and temperatures year round. The hot Texas summers can cause dark colored fences to start fading, thanks to the bleaching properties of the sun’s UV rays. The protective coatings and paint on the fence can get scratches and nicks, exposing the bare metal, which can lead to rust.
Fortunately, there are several things you can to maintain your iron fence and the charming beauty it adds to your home.
- Inspect the entire fence carefully at least once a year. Performing an annual inspection helps you identify potential problems and resolve them before your fence is damaged further. Do a walk around and look for missing caps, broken or bent hardware, signs of rust, and chips, nicks, and scratches where bare metal is exposed.
- Wash and wax your fence. You can use car wash soap to clean dust, dirt, bugs, and debris off the fence. After it is washed, you can apply a gel-type car wash wax to help provide an added layer of protection against the sun’s UV rays and fading. It is best to do this early in the spring before the hot summer days arrive.
- Cut back vegetation and vines from around the fence. Climbing vines and plants can look pretty when they intertwine with the fence. However, these things can slowly erode away the protective powder coat and paint protecting the metal against rust.
- Avoid getting the fence wet intentionally when sprinkling your yard. Make sure your sprinklers are set so they do not hit the fence. This added water remains on the fence longer and could help promote corrosion and rust.
- Address rust spots as soon as you find them. Rust spots mean the bare metal layer of the fence has been exposed to moisture and air. You will need to sand off the rust spots using sandpaper. Make sure they are completely removed. Wipe down the areas where there was rust to remove rust dust. Then touch up the spots by painting over them.
- Paint faded fences to restore their vibrancy. If your black fence is now light gray or your white fence looks pale and dull, it is time to give your fence a fresh coat of paint. Make sure to fix and resolve any rust spots ahead of time. If the paint is peeling, cracking or bubbling in different areas, make sure to sand this area down to the bare metal to remove these types of imperfections.
- Replace bent, damaged, or rusting hardware. If you notice fasteners, gate openers, or other hardware on the fence that is in need of repair, it can be easier and faster to just replace it with compatible hardware.
If you are finding your ornamental iron fence is requiring more and more maintenance every year, it may be time to replace it with a new one. For fence repairs, replacement, and new installations, please feel free to contact Barrier Fence at (512) 354-4409 for a free fencing quote today