In comparison to fencing supplies such as timber, contractors will concur that wrought iron is the more durable material to use for both commercial and residential fencing needs. Additionally wrought iron is valuable in intricate designs making it one of the most aesthetically appealing options that you could consider or your property. The inherent strength of the wrought iron makes it a suitable option for security fencing, without detracting from the kerb appeal of your property.
Nevertheless, prolonged exposure to changing weather patterns could pose the risk of corrosion to your wrought iron fence. This corrosion would not only impact the attractiveness of your fence but will also adversely affect its durability. So how do you keep your wrought iron fence rust free?
Have the fence painted on a regular basis
One of the characteristics of wrought iron fences is the presence of slag fibres, which function to boost the attractiveness of the fence. Nevertheless, these slag fibres also have a propensity to form tiny pits on the surface of the fencing. Over time, moisture can become trapped in the pits, and this accelerates the onset of corrosion. It is advisable to have a painting schedule for your fence to prevent this moisture from breaching the surface of your wrought iron. Moreover, you do not have to get the fence painted with thick layers of paint. A thin coat of paint would be adequate to ensure that the pits forms by the slag fibres will not collect water.
Have the fence installed a safe distance away from vegetation
Climbing plants such as trellises and vines are considered a great way to boost the visual interest of a fence. However, not all materials would benefit from having vegetation growing on or in proximity to the fence. Wrought iron is one of the fencing supplies that should be kept a safe distance away from vegetation. Any shrubs or vegetation with prickly leaves and branches would gradually begin to strip the wrought iron of its protective coating. As a result, you find your fence becomes highly susceptible to corrosion, as its surface has become compromised. Secondly, vegetation is prone to holding on to moisture for a significant amount of time. If the plants are resting against the fence, it means the wrought iron will regularly be exposed to moisture. To ensure that your fence remains rust-free, regularly trim any vegetation close to it so that it does not come into contact with the wrought iron.