Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Fence from Rusting

Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Fence from Rusting

When it comes to choosing the right material for your security or privacy fence, few offer the classic elegance, security, and sturdiness of wrought iron.

When it comes to choosing the right material for your security or privacy fence, few offer the classic elegance, security, and sturdiness of wrought iron. Along with its many benefits, wrought iron fences and railings can last for decades, but even the best-crafted iron will eventually succumb to rust.  This is because rust is a natural reaction between moisture, iron, and oxygen. The good news is that there are different things you can do to protect your wrought iron from the negative impact of rust so you can continue enjoying the beauty and security that wrought iron promises.

 

Galvanization

If you’re planning a new fence, consider having the wrought iron hot-dip galvanized. This is a process that coats the iron in another metal that more readily oxidizes. Galvanization can ensure that your wrought iron is protected against rust for up to 70 years, so it is definitely worth considering for your outdoor railings and fences.

Powder Coating

A similar option to galvanization is powder coating, but this is also something that has to be applied to the iron before you have it installed. Powder coating is a process of baking on a layer that protects the iron from rust. The powder coat is resistant to chipping, scratching and abrasion so it lasts a long time. Both galvanization and powder coating are great options for new fences but won’t help you protect the wrought iron that you already have installed if it doesn’t already have them.

Routine Cleaning

If you already have a wrought iron fence that isn’t protected by powder coating or galvanization, don’t fret. There are still things you can do to protect the iron. Wrought iron, even without coatings, is very durable, so you just have to help protect it. Salt and chemicals used in snow and ice removal are very abrasive and can damage the iron. Brush them away whenever they are sprayed upon the metal, and when the temperatures are above freezing wash the fence. This will help protect the surface from the added abrasion of these substances.

Act Fast When You Notice Rust

When you notice rust on your wrought iron fence, do wait to act. Once rust starts, it will continue to spread. The first step is to get rid of the rust, which you can do with fine grit sandpaper. Once you’ve sanded the rust away, wipe the residue away and make sure the surface is clean. Next, paint the areas that had rust with a metal primer and your paint of choice. Finally, seal it against rust for added protection.

Choose Hercules High Security to Protect Your Property

Whether you need White House-level security fencing, or you need the perfect version of a white picket fence to guard your business or residential property, trust the experts at Hercules High Security.  For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules High Security online or give us a call at 1-800-395-9597. Our professionals are ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to Richmond Virginia. We have branch offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, and Maryland. We will ensure your investment serves your family and your business for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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