When it comes to security and durability, chain link fences are a great option for any setting! This material is also known for being affordable and low maintenance. There is one sign of wear that you will want to look for if you choose this style: rust. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your chain link fence looking as pristine as the day we installed it! Without costing you a lot of time or money.
Low Maintenance Doesn’t Mean No Maintenance
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is ignoring their fencing completely. In reality, chain link doesn’t require that much effort to maintain. In fact, most experts recommend leaving it alone completely for the first 6 months. Since most varieties are made from (uncovered) galvanized steel, they need time to adjust to their environment before you use any type of paint or harsh chemicals. Over time, though, they will start to rust, if left unchecked. Especially if you allow your lawn or other plant life to grow over top of the fence. So, keep the surrounding landscape maintained and plan to become a little more hands on once you’ve hit that 6-month mark!
Add a Protective Layer
Begin by looking for signs of rust and flaking it away with a wire brush and preparing the surrounding landscape for paint/primer. You’ll need to have the proper materials on hand, like drop cloths, rollers, and chain-link-specific paint or primer. Once you’ve got a nice dry day and a completely clean fence, it’s time to apply that protective layer. Pick a nice, neutral color that will minimize future signs of wear and coat the fence surface thoroughly. Because of the gaps and uneven surface, it’s usually a messy job. So, prepare yourself! You can even use rust inhibitor in certain spots that are more prone to moisture. Once you’re finished, though, it’ll be like having a new fence.
Go for a Covered Option
When it comes to chain link fences, everyone has this preset image in their mind: grey, uniform, and a little boring. Just like the numerous other options we offer, it’s actually customizable. You can choose from a variety of patterns, colors, heights, and even finishes. Some homeowners prefer both the look and practicality of a covered chain link. Black-PVC coating is popular for properties with small children, since it makes the barrier slightly softer without losing any durability. You can also get vinyl coatings, powder coatings, nettings, privacy screens, bamboo finishes, and more! All of which reduce the risk of rust. Just ask our experienced staff for samples and recommendations to help you make the right decision for your environment.
Rethink what you knew about chain link fencing because it can fit virtually any home. As an affordable, yet durable option, you can really customize your finish with a little help from our team. While rust is something you may have to contend with in the future, there are plenty of low-maintenance ways you can avoid such signs of age. Want to learn more? Call and ask to speak to one of our team members today!