Care Of Your Ornamental Iron Fence

Iron is known for being exceptionally sturdy and solid. Still, despite being so strong, iron does need regular maintenance and protection from water in order to look its best. These tips will help you take care of your ornamental iron fence to ensure its long life. 

Maintain the Paint

The paint on your ornamental iron fence is more than just decorative--it's also protective. When exposed to the elements, iron rusts quickly. The only way to protect the iron is to cover it with a sealed, waterproof coating. To do this, many people choose to cover their iron fence with paint. Check the paint on the fence on a quarterly basis--especially after the fence is a few years old. Look for signs of cracking, bubbling or chipping. Often when the paint begins to deteriorate, the first sign of a problem will be a trail of rust running down the gate and to the ground. 

To fix this issue, use a wire brush to sand down the paint and the rust until bare metal is exposed. Next, fill in any cracks and pits with metal filler and give it time to dry. Paint over the iron with rust-inhibiting primer and spray paint. Do this all in one day if possible to ensure that the fence isn't needlessly exposed to moisture in the interval. 

Keep Moisture At Bay

Moisture can attack your fence in a variety of unexpected ways. Keep plants away from the iron. Not only will plants grow or wrap themselves around your fence, but large shrubs will also trap humidity within their branches and leaves. If shrubs trap humidity around your fence, this will subject your fence to unnecessary moisture and cause the rust to deteriorate quickly. Turn off all sprinkler heads near your fence to reduce the chances that the iron will be exposed to moisture on a regular basis. 

Wash Away Dirt

Inspect your fence for dirt on a regular basis. Pay close attention to the areas of your fence near the ground, where mud and dirt may have splashed up on the fence during rain storms. After performing your regular inspection for cracks and chips in the paint, wash the dirt and mud off using a sponge and a bucket of soapy water. If you find cracks or chips in the paint on your fence, repair the paint after washing the fence. 

Following these tips, your iron fence should last for a very long time. For more information, contact the contractor who installed your iron fence. He or she will be able to tell you about what products and methods are best for taking care of your fence. 

For professional fence services, contact a company such as Carter Fence.