Rust and Your Chain Link Fence
Rust on your chain link fencing is more than just unsightly; it can also reduce the life of your fence, costing you more time and money. At Fence Consultants of West Michigan, we do more than provide quality, affordable fencing. After your fence installation, we also work with you whether you have a pool fence, picket fence, wood fence, or garden fence — to ensure you get the most out your fence by preventing problems before they start.
These are two simple ways to avoid rust after a chain link fence installation:
Keep Your Fence Clean
The longer dirt and grime are left to sit, the more likely it is that your fence will become rusty and corroded. Use warm water, a mild detergent, and a soft-bristled brush to clean each link, then hose down the entire fence. Alternatively, a pressure washer can be used to eliminate dirt and grime more quickly. If you detect early signs of minor rust or corrosion while cleaning your fence, be sure to remove it with a ball of steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper.
Minimize Negative Environmental Factors.
Unkempt vines and bushes around your chain link fence can help hold rainwater around your fence; additionally, if the foliage is particularly heavy, it will cause parts of your fence to sag. It’s also important to never use your fence as a drying rack for rugs or other wet items. Prolonged exposure to any moisture can trigger rust and corrosion.
Have maintenance or chain link cost questions? Call Fence Consultants of West Michigan, your local fence company since 1988. We can be reached in Holland at 616-392-3496, or in Grand Rapids at 616-454-1911. Our chain link fences are available in various heights and materials so that you can select the best fence for your needs. Materials and parts are also available for purchase for repairs if you’d like to install or fix your fence. Learn more and view some of our completed fencing projects at fenceconsultants.com.