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How to Care for Your Metal Fences and Gates

How to Care for Your Metal Fences and Gates

It can be difficult to care for metal gates and fencing, especially when it’s been installed on a commercial scale. However, it’s highly important that any rust, damage or weathering is picked up on as soon as possible. Once you’ve noticed it, it’s time to take action, and RTC Fencing are on hand to help.

Identify any problems

Any issues with your metal gates or fencing should be identified as soon as possible. This may allow for problems to be easily fixed as opposed to buying brand new gates and fence panels, thus saving money in the long run. Things to look out for include:

  • Chips in the metal
  • Chips in the paint
  • Rust
  • Cracks
  • Impact damage

How to fix the problem

  1. The removal of rust is fairly straightforward. Where some people would prefer to buff it out using sandpaper, this isn’t generally recommended. Instead, try using an emery cloth.
  2. Re-paint areas that have chipped away. The paint almosts acts as a barrier between the metal your fence is made from and the natural elements. If the cracked or chipped area (which was once protected by heavy duty paint) is exposed to general weathering, it can cause rust to form and the damage could worsen. Simply re-paint the area, and leave it to dry.
  3. If your fence has some impact damage (like someone or something has gone into it with force), then you may be able to adequately bend it back into shape with the help of hammer. However, for your own safety, it may be better to have one of our professionals replace it for you instead.

Clean your fences and gates regularly

In order to prevent damage and weathering to your metal fence or gate, then it’s important to maintain them. Cleaning them will ensure dirt and excess water is removed, keeping the fence looking and functioning just as it should. Particular attention should be paid to metal gates, as there are more nooks and crannies for unwanted water and dirt to settle and cause problems.

Grease the gate’s hinges

It’s important that gate hinges are well lubricated to ensure they don’t squeak or wear unnecessarily when they’re continually opened and closed on a regular basis. It’s also a fairly simple process to follow and it won’t be too costly either.

How to grease hinges on a gate:

  1. Buy a suitable lubricant. Check by reading the label or by asking a sales assistant who works in-store. It’s important that the lubricant comes with a thin nozzle on the end – it allows you to get in small spaces.
  2. Locate the hinge pin; it usually sits between the two plates of the hinge and is responsible for keeping the plates together. You may have to remove the pin in order to lubricate the area effectively.
  3. Once the pin has been located, you’ll need to remove it by pulling it out. You may get away with removing it with your hands, but sometimes, you may need a set of pliers to grip it properly.
  4. Grip the pin and rotate it anti-clockwise. Be aware that the pin may have accumulated a lot of rust, subsequently making it more difficult to remove. 
  5. Once the pin is out, use a paper towel or a rag to clean the pin, lifting away grime and grease. If rust is present use an emery cloth to remove it, then coat the pin in your chosen lubricant. 
  6. Reassemble the hinge by putting the pin back in place. Make sure it is properly secured.
  7. Open and close the gate to ensure the lubricant seeps into the mechanism itself, as well as the inner side of the hinges. If it still squeaks, repeat the process until the noise has ceased.

Replace broken or damaged areas

When it comes to gates and fence panels, it’s imperative that they’re replaced when broken or damaged. This ensures the security of your premises by eliminating gaps in your perimeter. It reduces the risk of people trespassing on your land and subsequently committing further crimes, such as vandalism or theft. Having a strong, sturdy fence that is in great condition can maintain the professional image of your establishment or organisation, so if your fence or metal gate is beyond repair, then you should have it replaced immediately.

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Here at RTC Fencing, we’re dedicated to ensuring that our customers’ premises are kept safe and secure at all times. The high-quality metal fences and gates we provide are strong and sturdy, meaning they cannot be easily damaged. You’ll be able to choose security fencing which is right for you, whether you’d prefer mesh, or palisade fencing, you’ll be able to count on us to deliver. We’re even able to add metal gates to your perimeter, ensuring your premises is secured even further. For more information about the additional products we sell, including sports ground fencing, rural fencing and railings, get in touch with a member of our friendly, knowledgeable team today – we operate throughout Leicester, Nottingham, Melton Mowbray, Derby and the surrounding areas.

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