Iron rusts over time, especially when it’s outside all day. It’s not unusual to see an iron fence start to develop rust, and you should be prepared to face this problem at some point when owning one. However, you don’t have to worry too much because there are measures you can take to minimize the problems rusting can cause. We’ll be going over what causes rust and what you can do when you see your iron fence beginning to corrode.
What Causes Rust?
Rust can be caused by a few different factors. The first is chipped paint. Whenever paint chips on your iron fence, it exposes the iron that is underneath. Exposed iron is much more likely to rust.
Your fence might also rust because of inclement weather conditions such as rain that make it damp. High humidity can also play a role in fence corrosion for similar reasons.
Lastly, if dirt and plant growth start impacting your fence, it could start to decay in the affected areas.
What to Do When You Find Rust On Your Iron Fence
Rust is a concern for any iron fence, so it’s best to take action as soon as you notice a problem. Keep in mind that rust is normal and can be repaired without too much trouble. This is what you should do if you see rust on your iron fence:
- Determine the cause: Establishing the reason behind your fence’s corrosion is very important because it helps you determine what the best solution for your problem may be. It also makes it easier to know how to prevent rusting in the future.
- Inspect your entire fence: Rust is usually not found in only one spot on your fence. If there is rust in one area, there’s a good chance that another part of your iron fence also has rust on it. Because of this, it’s best to take the time to look around your fence and find rusty spots. Once you find them, put tags on those areas so that you can check back on them at a later time.
- Determine whether you need a professional fencing company: Some people may want to do fence repairs on their own, but some problems are too great to overcome without professional help. It’s up to you to determine if calling a fencing company is the wisest decision you can make. If you’re unsure of whether or not you can handle the job, getting a professional to help you is often recommended to be safe.
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