Steel fences are known for their long-lasting life. In normal circumstances if the fencing is maintained it can last around 30 years or even more. If you are in an area with harsh weather and shifting of the ground it may have a slighter less life expectancy.
Do you need some tips for repairing common steel fencing problems?
What are common causes of problems with steel fences?
- Severe weather like windstorms, lightning and hurricanes which can uproot parts of the fencing.
- Impacts from fallen trees or vehicles can be a source of damage.
- General wear and tear are a common cause of problems around fencing. This can be mostly avoided if you routinely maintain the fence
- Movement within the soil can cause the fence to move positions over a few years. This can lead to droops and sags within the fencing that can interfere with the function of the fence.
If your gate doesn’t seem to be swinging easily then you need lubricate the hinges and other moving parts. This should be done quite often. If they have been let go too far and the lubrication doesn’t help the situation then you may need to replace the hinges and latches which is basically just a few screws work.
The posts may shift and end up uprooted. The best thing is to set them in concrete. If they were put in concrete n the beginning, then you may need to dig up the old footing and pour in new cement. If you find a fence railing is missing or loose you can support the loose part with t-braces. You may need to remove most of the fencing section. If you have an unpainted fence you may be stuck with non-matching fencing. In the instance of a painted fence you can simply just paint the replaced parts to match in with the original color.
If the fencing is twisted or bent, you can hammer the steel fence back into place. Steel fencing will rust eventually and quicker if it is exposed to saltwater, one of the limitations of wire work is that the steel will eventually rust and there is not much you can do besides regular maintenance. It is best to sand down the fence before you apply a rust primer then paint over with enamel paint. Using a paint brush will give you a more lasting finish that is more durable than spray painting. If you have a stained welded wire mesh fence you can wash it via 1 cup of detergent and hot water. If this doesn’t get you anywhere the steel or wire on your fence can be pressure washed with hot water.
If you are not sure whether to repair or replace ask yourself these questions:
- Is money an issue will your insurance cover it?
- It the fence within warranty and is too old to repair?
- Can you get replacement parts for a fence 30+ years old?
- Is it cheaper and more longer lasting to replace rather than repair?
- Ensure before installing or replacing parts of a fence that you check the permit and building requirements. If you build a fence and it isn’t approved, you lose all that money and the fence will be required to be knocked down. Checking first will save any trouble.
Sometimes fixing a fence can be something that is a priority, especially if safety and security is an issue. Make sure you fix your fence the correct way and prepare yourself for any further issues.