Proper Chain Link Fence Maintenance April 8, 2020 Comments: 0
Inexpensive to install, chain link fences are a popular choice among homeowners for their durability and affordability. This budget-friendly option allows you to enclose large areas for the safety of children and pets, as well as for property designation. As this is a wise investment for many, you must be aware that maintenance is required to ensure your investment will be a secure addition to your outdoor space for many years to come.
Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. has been installing chain link fences in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas for over 50 years. As western Pennsylvania’s premier fencing provider, the team at Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. knows what it takes to get the most out of your chain link fence investment—proper maintenance.
Apply Rust Protection Regularly
Every homeowner’s spring maintenance checklist should include their chain link fence. Applying rust protection every spring will not only extend the longevity of your chain link fence, but it will give the appearance of a new one. One can of Rust-Oleum, popular rust protection, can cover about 15 square feet. You want to make sure that you apply the spray from top to bottom. Many homeowners miss the bottom portion of the fence, which has a tendency to rust quickly, especially if there are plants and flowers next to where the fence enters the ground.
Keep Your Fence Free of Flowers and Decorative Plants
Although chain link fences are cost-effective, they are not always considered the most aesthetically appealing. Avoid trying to alter the look by growing flowers, vines or any other decorative plants through your chain link fence. While they may provide natural beauty, they can wreak havoc on your fence. The plants may cause the bottom of the fence to lift from the ground making it susceptible to leaning and bowing. Additionally, sturdier plants can break through the fence as they continue to grow leaving sharp openings that become a safety hazard for children and pets.
Wash Your Chain Link Fence Regularly
Often, a simple power wash a few times a year will do the trick. If you do not have a power hose, set your regular hose on the highest setting. For harder to clean areas or major buildup, you may need to use a sponge or scrub brush along with some dish detergent added to the water. Regularly washing your fence not only gives the appearance of a brand new one, but it will prevent deterioration from any debris or substance that may adhere to your fence’s surface.
Immediately Repair Damaged Areas
Over time, you may notice signs of damage to your chain link fence. The damage can be caused by a variety of reasons—larger pets leaning and jumping on the fence, children pulling or climbing, heavy snowfalls and harsh weather conditions. Despite the reasons, the important thing is to take care of it before it becomes a bigger and more costly problem. Hiring an experienced and reputable fence installer, like Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. to make the repairs as soon as possible will save you money and future hassles.
Properly maintaining your chain link fence can make all the difference. It makes your property have curb appeal and it ensures that your fence will be securing your property for many years.
Fence Installation and Repair in Pittsburgh
As western Pennsylvania’s premier fencing provider, Pittsburgh Fence Co, Inc. is available to answer any questions regarding fence installations, maintenance or repair. We have been delivering top-tier quality craftsmanship and service to residential and commercial clients in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties for over 50 years.