At A Straight Up Fence Company in Denver, we know that along with being attractive, wrought iron is incredibly durable. It retains its shape, appearance and style for decades. It’s a worthwhile investment that will last many years if the iron is cared for appropriately and regularly.
Unless you live where it never rains, place your fence in a spot that never gets hit by the sprinklers and remove all wet vegetation – you’ll need to know how to maintain your wrought iron fence.
Wrought iron gates are one of the most stunning types of gates. Their timeless style is elegant, and they are truly suitable for any home, whether it is modern or classic! A good wrought iron gate will last a lifetime! But they have one big enemy: rust. Wrought iron is a ferrous metal, which means it is prone to rust.
Wrought iron gates are at particular risk of rust because they spend so much time exposed to the elements. If your gate is starting to show its age, you probably want to know how to restore wrought iron gates. We know all there is to know about how to restore wrought iron gates.
So, what’s our advice?
So, whether you already have one or hire us to create a custom wrought iron fence, knowing how to properly maintain your wrought iron fence includes these items listed below. Take a look.
Prevent Rust from Forming
While keeping it dry is impossible with Denver’s many weather extremes, wrought iron only requires minimal care to keep it from being damaged by rust. To prevent issues, trim grass and remove plants that are growing up on the fencing because vegetation can cause damp spots which can eventually become rust. You’ll also want to dig out as much of the fence as possible on snowy days.
Treating Rust Right Away
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.
Don’t Forget the Hardware
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 how to properly maintain your wrought iron fence, so it lasts and looks great for years to come.