How to Care for Your Metal Gates
Offering fantastic security and excellent longevity, metal gates are being favoured by many home and business owners for a variety of applications. These gates are commonly crafted from iron or steel, and can be used for a range of uses including security fencing, stylish home entrances and for public parks.
However, as winter approaches, your metal gates may fall victim to rust brought on by the rain and humidity that is likely to descend in the coming months. Metal gates may also naturally degrade over time, or be bent out of shape by impact. But simply by treating your gates to care and maintenance a few times a year, you can keep them looking as good as new.
Preventing problems in your metal gates
The well-known phrase of “prevention is better than the cure” has never been more true when it comes to metal gates. Keep these features in pristine conditions by reading the following tips to how to care for your metal gates.
- Identify issues early: Giving your gates a quick inspection every once in while will save you time and money in the long run. Check for problems such as rust, cracks, chips in paint or any impact damage. Catching these issues early will make solving them much easier.
- Take protective measures: Chemically speaking, rust forms when iron or steel comes into prolonged contact with oxygen and water. To prevent this reaction from occurring, it is a simple case of protecting the metal from oxygen and water. This can be achieved by applying a coat of paint or protective wax, or both. These substances can act to ward off rust, as well as boosting the aesthetic appeal of the gates. Make sure you use appropriate protection such as gloves and eye masks if painting. Another tip is to purchase a tarp. Use this to cover your fence in a heavy thunderstorm to keep it protected from the onslaught of moisture.
- Clean your gate: A few times a year, treat your fence to a washdown using warm water and dish detergent. You may need to use a toothbrush to reach any nooks and crannies. After the wash, rinse the fence and allow it to dry. Finish off the operation by applying a coat of metal-grade wax.
- Grease the hinges: This should be an annual task to keep your gates operating smoothly; also make sure to grease them whenever you begin to hear a squeaking sound.
- Replace any broken parts: Don’t compromise the security of your gates by neglecting to replacing any missing hardware; many parts can be found in hardware stores. If the task is more difficult, then bring in a specialist to offer their expertise.
Fixing problems in your metal gates
- Rust Spots: If your metal gates begin to suffer with rust, there are a couple of techniques you can use to get rid of it. Abrasive tools such as sandpaper or steel wool can help to remove the patch. Chemical removers and rust converters can also be effective, but remember to follow the instructions on the containers. If the rusting is severe, call in professionals who can help rectify the situation.
- Impact damage: Any bent sections in your gates can be fixed by using a blowtorch to heat the bent sections, before hammering it back in place. If the damage is too severe, leave it to a specialist company to fix.
Here at Barnard Fencing, we provide high quality metal gates and iron gates to clients across the Nottingham area. Our professionals deliver and install gates to suit a range of premises, projects and budgets, ensuring that you receive the best possible metal gate for your needs. For more information about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team.