Aluminum fencing is a durable and reliable security measure for a variety of residential and commercial uses. However, it’s important that you do your part to keep it maintained throughout the year. Aluminum is a material that is strong yet lightweight and long-lasting. You can help increase its longevity by keeping an annual cleaning and maintenance schedule that will keep it strong and beautiful. To keep your aluminum fence clean and well maintained this season, consider these helpful maintenance tips for the summer.
Cleaning and Care
As summer approaches, there will also be plenty of rain from thunderstorms. While rain can be nice for watering your lawn, it can also cause debris and grass clippings to wash up against your fence, leaving the excess moisture to cause corrosion. Keep your fence clean this summer by using your water hose to spray off the clippings, dirt, and fertilizer chemicals. You can either rely on the heat of the sun to dry it off or use a dry cloth to wipe the moisture off of your fence. A simple degreaser can also effectively wash away basic stains. Use a rust, calcium, or lime cleaner to remove more set-in stains from the aluminum. For deep cleaning, use a soft sponge and mild dish soap to wash along the surface of your fence. No matter which cleaning solution you choose for your fence, be sure to wash away excess cleaning products with your water hose and allow the fence to dry. For homeowners who live in coastal areas, it is especially important to rinse salt and dirt from your fence to reduce accumulation.
Maximize the life, strength, looks, and overall integrity of your aluminum fence by keeping an annual maintenance schedule. If you have a gate, spring is a great time to perform any necessary adjustments. In addition, keep the hinges sufficiently oiled and tightened at least once a year. On windy days, make sure that the gate stays secure instead of allowing it to swing wildly back and forth. It may be necessary to reinforce the locking mechanisms to keep it securely in place. Always do visual inspections of your fence to spot problem areas or potential issues with the gate. If you find any problems areas, have those addressed immediately. It may be necessary to re-tamp or realign any loose posts that you find.
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