How and Why You Should Look After Your Fence

Slatted Infill Fencing

Your fence is one of the most important features of your house. If it’s at the front it is the first thing many of your guests may see, whilst it acts as the backdrop for your stunning garden. Often though our fences can be neglected, and this results in discolouration, and their appearances worsening over time. This could eventually devalue your property, and result in you having to pay to replace the fencing. 

Once you’ve had a new fence erected, it’s critical to maintain it to avoid voiding warranties and to keep it looking gleaming and fresh throughout the severe Australian weather for the whole year.

General Cleaning

Our Dulux Powder Coated fences are made out of quality materials, so you can trust that they will look good and last many years. Despite this, the harsh Australian weather can eventually have an effect on the appearance of your fencing. Due to bad weather such as storms you might discover that your fence will look dirty or discoloured. Whilst this isn’t as much of an issue on a metal fence it is still best to clean the fence to maintain it. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the environment of your fence.

To clean your fence first remove any loose dirt or debris by gently rubbing it off with a wet sponge. Then clean the fence by rubbing the surface with a soft non-abrasive brush and only use mild detergents such as dishwashing liquid and warm water. For tougher spots you can use solvents such as methylated spirits, rinsing off with clean water. 

Repair Damage

For metal-based fencing, you are less likely to have damage from the elements due to the strong materials used. However, they are still susceptible to damage from hits, or strong weather events such as storms. If any metal is damaged and exposed it’s best to repair this as soon as possible due to the danger the exposed metal can present. If the posts or panels are loose it’s best to contact a repairer to get this fixed before the fence possibly collapses. 

Your gates are also important, and the hinges on them may often be forgotten about when maintaining your fence. You should check the hinges on your gates for any signs of rust, and oil them on a regular basis to keep them from squeaking. Make sure the screws are in place, and if need be tighten them up. 

Maintain Plants

We all love our gardens. There is nothing better than having your plants grow to be healthy and luscious. Unfortunately, our plants don’t care much for our fences. Over time their branches and roots may push on the fences and cause them to lean and eventually fall over. 

Basic trimming of the trees and bushes around your fence is recommended to prevent them from pushing the fence. It’s also recommended that you don’t plant anything that will eventually need a wide-open area near your fencing if you are starting to grow a garden. This will help keep your plants healthy and happy and keep your fence looking great. 

All of these methods are recommendations to keep your fence clean, tidy and in great condition. Doing so will ensure your fence lasts many years and adds to the look of your garden, and house as a whole.

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