A Few Tips to Ensure Your Metal Panel Fence is Always in Good Condition

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A metal panel fence can be a great choice for any yard; the panels offer privacy and security, while the metal is very durable and also a very unique choice. It's more difficult to cut metal panels than chain link, so you're less likely to have someone enter your property with solid panels, and they don't provide much of a toehold for potential intruders either. While a metal fence is very durable, it does need some maintenance and checking over the years to ensure it's always in good condition. Note a few tips for how to do this.

Clean the fence

You may not think of cleaning a metal panel fence, but as with your car, cleaning a fence can remove salt, pollution from the air, bird droppings, and other elements that might cause corrosion, discoloration, and other such damage. You want to ensure you use a detergent that is meant for metal, or use a car shampoo for your fence and dilute it with water according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Be cautious about brushes and high-pressure washers, as these can leave marks on aluminum and other soft metals. Use a garden hose or a pressure washer at the lowest pressure possible when cleaning your fence, and be sure to rinse it right away to remove any residue before it can dry.

Look for rust

It's good to inspect your metal panels where rust is likely to form, which is usually at the bottom where the metal may absorb moisture from the ground, or along connectors where water might collect. Sand down the rust with a wire brush and apply a filler meant for that particular type of metal.

Address paint chips and other problems right away

Typically a metal fence is powder coated; this refers to a type of paint that is in powder form and which is adhered to the metal with an electrical charge. This makes it very durable, but it can eventually chip or get damaged, especially if the metal suffers dents and dings that cause the paint to separate. Address these right away so rust cannot form in these areas; call the contractor who sold you the pieces or a powder coating company and have them sand down and replace the powder coating in that area or give your panel a fresh coat of paint. This will keep it looking new and also protect the metal under the paint as well.


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