There are many directions property owners and managers can go in when deciding what material to use for fencing. The most popular options are usually iron, vinyl, wood, and aluminum. If you’re leaning toward the latter, then there are some things you should know that will better prepare you to maintain the looks and durability of your aluminum fence.
Be sure to protect your aluminum with some type of coated finish that shields it from harsh weather like heavy winds and rain, and even UV rays from direct sunlight. But over time, your fence will still need your intervention to help maintain its condition and looks. The best cleaning method for aluminum fences is a simple mixture of mild soap and water. Using a non-abrasive brush, simply wash your fence periodically to keep dirt, algae, and any other residue off its surface. Brushing on a protective coating after it has been installed helps extend its durability, giving you a much longer life out of your aluminum fence and prolonging the time before you’ll need any minor or major repairs.
The area that surrounds your fence will impact its stability and durability. Be sure to keep trees, shrubs, and other plants a reasonable distance from the base of your fence. As roots grow, they can wrap themselves around the aluminum and cause bending and leaning. Besides, conducting maintenance on these elements could affect your fence, as the use of certain weed killers or landscaping tools that could leave unwanted marks on the fence.
Two elements that affect aluminum fences are oxidation and algae. Without cleaning, they will both destroy the finish of aluminum fences. What can you do to restore the aluminum to its original shine? The first step is to wash the fence with soap and warm water. The second step is to prevent future problems. One clever way to restore the fence is by using car wax to protect the its and prevent additional oxidation and algae from ruining the fence.
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