At A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver, we know that proper maintenance for your wrought iron fence is key to the metal remaining in good shape and keeping its attractive appearance. Wrought iron is quite durable because the process used to make it is much more complex than making a cast iron fence. Wrought iron also tends to be more costly up front, but it’s a worthwhile investment that will last many years if the iron is cared for appropriately and regularly.
Whether you already have one or hire us to create a custom wrought iron fence, proper maintenance for your wrought iron fence includes these items listed below. Take a look.
For the most part, wrought iron really only requires minimal care. The main issue for these stately looking fences is rust. To prevent rust, remove any plants that are growing up on the fencing because plants can encourage damp spots, which can eventually become rust. If you have tall wet vegetation, you will want to keep it from contacting your fence.
Treating Rust Spots
Pay close attention to any small spots of rust. If you catch rust spots, early treatment is key to keeping your wrought iron fence in good condition. Any rust spots, regardless of how small, should be treated to prevent the rust from spreading. Here’s how:
- First, you should use a wire brush to remove the surface rust. Opt for a thin wire brush instead of a brush with corded wires.
- After the rust has been brushed away, you will need to use a nonionic detergent to wash the area and rinse it carefully.
- Spread rust converter on the affected area. Some rust converters are also primers. If primer is not part of the converter you choose, apply some primer and then repaint your fence.
A word of caution. Be sure to choose products that are safe for use on metal. Some products can actually cause damage to your wrought iron fence.
Clean Your Wrought Iron
Proper maintenance for your wrought iron fence also includes occasional cleanings with a basic soapy water solution. Cleaning can be done by hand or a sprayer can be used. If you choose to use a sprayer, be sure to use only a low-pressure setting. After the fence is clean and dry, you should apply a metal-grade wax to protect your paint or powder coating.
All of your fence hardware should be checked when you clean your fence. Your fence hinges should be oiled. Your fasteners and finials should also be checked to ensure that they are in good condition. Keeping your hardware in good condition is important because water can be trapped under loose or broken hardware and rust your wrought iron.
If you love the look of wrought iron and want to help your home stand out from all the rest in your neighborhood, contact us at A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver. We can design, fabricate and install a fence you’ll love – we’ll even advise you on the proper maintenance for your wrought iron fence so it lasts and looks great for years to come.