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Why Rust and Corrosion Are Your Fence’s Enemies

Rust is the result of iron or steel reacting with moisture and oxygen, leading to oxidation. Corrosion, though broader, affects many types metals through complex chemical reactions. Both of these phenomena can degrade your fence’s appearance and strength. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to safeguard your fence against these destructive processes.


Selecting Materials Wisely

  • Go for Durability: Galvanized or stainless steel fences are treated to fend off rust. Aluminum, resistant to corrosion, suits areas prone to moisture.
  • Material Matters: The choice of fencing material is your first defense. Galvanized steel and aluminum stand out for their resilience.

Maintenance Rituals to Adopt

  • Cleanliness: Regularly washing your fence with soapy water prevents the buildup of rust and grime.
  • Visual Inspections: Keep an eye out for any signs of wear, like paint chips or scratches, which could cause rust.

Barrier Strategies

  • Paint as a Protector: A new paint job does more than make it look good – it shields your fence from moisture.
  • The Primer Shield: Applying a rust-inhibiting primer to iron and steel fences offers an additional layer of defense.

Repair and Replace to Resist Rust

  • Act Fast on Damage: Tackle rust spots or paint damage immediately by sanding and repainting the affected area.
  • Component Care: Replace parts that are beyond repair to prevent rust from spreading.

Adapting to Your Environment

  • Water Wisdom: Adjust sprinklers to avoid direct water contact with your fence, reducing the rust risk.
  • Ensure Good Drainage: Water shouldn’t collect at your fence’s base, as standing water accelerates rust formation.


The Bottom Line on Battling Rust

Preventing rust and corrosion is very important for maintaining your fence’s integrity and look. Through material selection, maintenance, and environmental adjustments, you can extend your fence’s lifespan and keep it looking great. Need Rust-Resistant Solutions? If rust is threatening to damage your fence, don’t wait. Contact Salem Fence for expert guidance. Our team is ready to assist with all your fencing needs.