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Protect Your Wrought Iron Fence From Rust

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Wrought iron fences are attractive, stately, and impressive. Nevertheless, many people worry that a wrought iron fence may require a lot of maintenance. If a wrought iron fence isn't properly cared for, it can rust. If it rusts, it won't last as long as it should, and it could become unsightly. Here are some tips to get the most out of your wrought iron fence.

Begin With a Protected Fence

In general, wrought iron fences are protected through the application of coatings. The coating protects the fence from water, which protects the fence from rust. Some coatings are even thick and strong enough to protect the fence from scratches and dings.
Wrought iron fences are often painted, and though they are usually painted black, painting them a different color can give them a unique appearance.
When your fence is installed, get it installed by a professional who can provide a protective coating. This protective coating will eventually wear off, but it will take a significant amount of time.
Special types of coating for wrought iron are also available, such as powder coating. Powder coating is often used for commercial applications. Not only is it resistant to weather, but some types of powder coating can last up to 20 years, as long as they’re properly maintained. Powder coating has to be done by professionals before the fence is installed, but it has other advantages as well, such as not including any harmful chemicals.

Clean Your Fence Regularly

Cleaning and inspecting your fence on an annual basis is a necessity for a well-maintained fence. Clean your fence with warm water and a soft brush to get off any dirt and debris. Dirt can scrape up the fence over time, cutting through the coating and potentially promoting rust.
As you clean your fence, inspect it for any damage. Damage may occur in the form of scratches or chips in the paint. You can fix these by painting or sealing over them with the appropriate materials suggested by your fencing company.

Recoat the Fence As Needed

Most fences are going to need an additional protective coating after about three to five years. The only exception is more resistant types of coating, such as powder coating. Your installer can tell you more about how often to coat the fence. You can also repaint a fence to update its color, as well as protect it. 
When the paint or coating on your wrought iron fence begins to look dull or has a number of scratches and dings, it may be time to repaint it. 

Remove Any Existing Rust

If you don't notice a scratch or a dent, you may find rust on your fence. Address rust as soon as you see it. Rust oxidizes the metal, essentially consuming it. Rust will continue to spread if it isn't fixed. As it spreads, it will weaken the metal of your iron fence, and it will become far more difficult to fix.
Use sandpaper to take the rust down to the wrought iron. Once you've removed all of the rust, you can coat or paint over it to protect the exposed metal. If you don't take this extra step, the exposed metal will rust over quickly. 
A wrought iron fence may require some extra maintenance, but it can last for decades if not hundreds of years. Even if it does begin to rust, the rust can often be removed. Wrought iron fences also have the advantage of being very difficult to scale and improving property values. To learn more about fencing of all types, contact Hartsell Brothers Fence Company.