When aesthetic appeal and safety have to be hand in hand while choosing a type of fence for your house, wrought iron fence emerges as the clear winner. The sturdiness and versatility of a wrought iron fence can be gazed from the fact that these types of fences can be moulded and installed in a desired design and pattern at almost any location. Moreover, on the lines of these fences, staircase railings and gates can also be installed on your property for a uniform aesthetic charm.
However, over time and exposure to weather variations, such fences tend to give in to rust that weakens them from each pole to the other. Now, considering that you have figured out how to choose the right fence contractor, or are going to bring out your own fence fixing skills, we would like to help you with a simple checklist of things and tips you need to follow to get your fence repair right.
1. Tackling the rust :- Rust is a disease that eats right through your fence when there is prominent exposure to moisture and air. Over time, the base of each fence pole gets subjected to rust which weakens it and subsequently the fence itself. Now, a fence contractor has his own approach to the problem, but when it is a DIY (do-it-yourself) situation, it is best to tackle rust at each pole base rather than disturbing the whole fence.
2. Use your tools right :- Normally rust comes off the fence in the form of small flakes that uproot the paint on them. Get yourself a steel brush and a sandpaper piece to scrape off these flakes to reveal the metal underneath. As a precaution, do use your rubber work gloves so as to avoid small cuts etc.
3. Protecting is the best care :- Once you have scraped off the rust flakes, it is time to apply anti-rust solution to the exposed metal of the fence. Just like metal brush and sandpaper, anti-rust solutions are available in your nearby supermarkets at very reasonable rates. You can also use the spray variety of such solutions to apply quick, fine and even coats over the damaged area. Using a paint brush never harmed anyone either.
4. Handle heavy damage with precision :- A very common issue that every fence repair contractor has to face is the situation where the rust has completely left fence poles gnawed and flawed. In such a case, one has to cut off the rusted portion and then fit a carefully measured (mostly 2×2) square tube onto the pole (here you may have to take the fence panel out too). Using equally spaced holes made by a heavy drill bit, affix the tube onto your fence pole and put it back in the place you took it out from.
5. Level measuring is everything :- Never undertake a fence repair task without proper estimation and balancing of levels using a spirit level (bubble level). Once the cutting and joining commences, you don’t want the end result to make your fence look uneven.
6. Quicker setting is better :- When replacing a fence pole, always put the dug out fixtures in cleaned up pits. Then, when you place the poles and railings accurately, fill the pit with quick drying cement. Here’s the catch though. Fill the pit up above the ground around the pole in a conical shape so that water doesn’t seep into the earth at the spot.
7. Painting for perfection :-Now that all the fixtures are in place, it’s time to paint the fence for a smooth finish. Prefer rust-resistant paint varieties for a long-lasting effect. Quick tip, use roller brush to paint all sides of the fence for an easy and quick application. No need for quick drying either. Let it set.
We hope the above tips help you get that renewed fence in no time.