If you have a wrought iron fence on your property, you might have noticed that it's been showing signs of wear and tear lately. Alternatively, you might have just purchased a home with an older wrought iron fence, and you wonder what you can do to fix it up and make it look great again. In either situation, the steps are generally pretty simple. Follow these steps to get your fence in great shape.
Do a Little Landscaping
Before you can even start working on your fence, you'll need to make sure that no shrubs, trees or other plants are in the way. Therefore, your first project should be cutting the grass, using a weed whacker to get rid of any tall weeds, and pruning any shrubs or trees. This will provide a neater appearance and make it easier for you to get close to your fence so that you can work.
Get It Nice and Clean
First of all, you should start with getting your wrought iron fence nice and clean. Depending on the condition of the fence, this might be all that you have to do. To get started, use a water hose to thoroughly rinse off your fence. This can help you get rid of any dirt, mold, mildew, or anything else that might be on your fence. Another option is to use a pressure washer.
After you have hosed off or pressure washed your fence, you'll probably want to get to work with some nice, soapy water. Using a large brush, scrub away at your wrought iron fence with a mixture of water and dish soap to get rid of anything that might still be remaining after spraying it down. You can use a toothbrush or other small brush to get into the smaller nooks and crannies.
Once your fence is clean, it might instantly look better. Plus, this initial clean will make it easier for you to get a true idea of the condition that your fence is in so that you can move forward with fixing it up.
Have a Welder Help With Repairs
After your fence is clean, you will probably be able to get a better idea of what might be wrong with your fence. If it doesn't have any actual damage, then you can proceed with the next step. If the fence does have a lot of rust or other damage, however, you shouldn't panic. You probably do not have to replace the entire fence in this scenario; instead, you should be able to hire a welder to come out and help.
Someone who does residential welding jobs and who has mobile welding equipment can come out and take a look at your fence. Then, he or she can help with replacing sections of fence that might need to be replaced, repairing parts of the fence that might have been damaged by rust or corrosion, and otherwise helping you get your fence in good shape.
A welding professional may also be able to help with things like replacing your current gate with a sturdy and decorative wrought iron gate, if this is something you're interested in.
Add a New Paint Job
Lastly, your wrought iron fence is probably going to need a new paint job so that it can look its best. First, you'll need to make sure that you get rid of any paint that might already be on your fence, such as by sandblasting it.
Then, you can add a coat of primer and then one or more coats of outdoor-friendly paint. Just make sure that you use a paint that is designed for use on wrought iron for best results. Adding paint will not only freshen up your entire wrought iron fence, but it will also help protect it from rust in the future.
As you can see, the steps to getting an old wrought iron fence in good shape again are easier than many people realize. Contact us at Sam's Welding, Inc to find out more about how our welding services can help with your wrought iron fence and other projects around the house.