How to Maintain Your Metal/ Chain Link Fence

A chain link fence is a convenient and effective fencing option for any home. Typically made from galvanized steel, chain link fencing is both strong and resilient. Chain link can also be coated for additional security as well as aesthetics and is less impacted by heat, cold, or wetness compared to some fencing materials. However, despite how durable it may be, metal/ chain link fences require attention and upkeep. Fence Consultants of West Michigan suggests these three tips to keep your fence in tip-top shape:

  1. Clean dirt and grime. A liquid soap and water mix can be effective in washing away dirt and grime from your chain link fence. Borax — which also acts as a natural pesticide — is another great option. Simply combine one cup of Borax with a gallon of water, then use a sprayer to coat your fence. Let the solution sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off with a power washer or hose.
  2. Prevent rust. Chain link is susceptible to rusting, but this can be prevented with a thorough cleaning. Vigorously scrub problem areas with steel wool or use a commercial rust-cleaning product. If you have a gate, oil its hinges. Regularly applying oil will help to keep the hinges rust free and ensure the gate opens and closes with ease.
  3. Check for loose screws, bolts, and nails. Replace or reinsert loose nails and be sure to tighten all slack screws and bolts to reduce the risk of damage. Pay close attention to a gate if you have one, as it is the one area of a chain link fence that’s most likely to have loose parts.

Have questions about maintenance? Give us a call at (616) 454-1911 in Grand Rapids or (616) 392-3496 in Holland. Our team of Michigan experts are more than happy to heflp with all your fencing needs.