One of the main reasons that aluminium slat fencing in Brisbane is the most popular fencing option here, is that it requires almost no maintenance. Once your aluminium fence is installed, many homeowners choose to set and forget, confident that their fence will stand strong and proud in the future with no additional maintenance. It will be strong, durable, and appealing for many years, providing security and privacy while also increasing the value of your home.
However, in order to stay in good condition, all types of domestic fencing must be cleaned and maintained regularly. However, with aluminium fencing, the process is quick and simple.
With that said, there are some quick and easy steps you can take to keep your fence looking great and in the best possible condition for decades to come. In this post, we explain how to clean and maintain your fence without making a mess.
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Why Should You Use Aluminum Slats and Screening?
In contrast to timber fencing options, aluminium slats and screening provide an equally attractive design — without the high maintenance and low durability. If your home has a more modern design, this option will complement your electrical gate, glass railings, and any other modern design features you have.
WHY IS MAINTENANCE NECESSARY?
Most materials degrade over time when exposed to wind, sun, and rain. The exception to this rule is aluminium fencing. However, as with many outdoor structures, it will continue to collect dirt and plant residue, necessitating the occasional light cleaning to keep it looking neat and tidy.
If you live near a dusty or heavily industrial area, it may necessitate more frequent maintenance, and in coastal areas, it is recommended that you spray your fence with water regularly to reduce salt accumulation.
WHICH CLEANING EQUIPMENT DO I REQUIRE?
You'll need the following tools to clean your aluminium fence:
· A hose for the garden
· Gardening tools to remove plant material and mild, non-abrasive soap (similar to a multipurpose cleaner)
Before being sold, commercial aluminium fencing is subjected to a special treatment known as powder coating, which gives the fencing its distinct finish and sheen. A fine powder coating is applied to the metal by charging it with an electric current, which results in a resistant, protective cover. As a result, its critical that the cleaning equipment you use doesn't harm the finish of the material itself. Although it is difficult to damage the coating through conventional means, products containing solvents such as acetone, as well as abrasives such as steel wool, can easily penetrate the coating.
KEEPING THE POWDER COATED FINISH
The powder-coated finish, which provides tough protection and no upkeep, is part of what makes an aluminium fence virtually maintenance-free. Depending on the climate and whether or not there is little rain, or if you live near heavily industrial, coastal, or dusty areas, the surface may benefit from periodic cleaning.
HOW TO CLEAN ALUMINIUM FENCES
1. Spraying with a hose will remove most of the dirt, dust, and residue. This is recommended for owners of aluminium fences in coastal areas to remove abrasive salts that can accumulate over time.
2. For tougher residue, use a mild detergent. Warm soapy water should be wiped along the fence railings. Cleaning the fence with coarse sponges, brushes, or solvents can scratch or dissolve the powder-coated finish.
IMPROVING THE POWDER COAT FINISH
For some fence owners, the lustre of the paintwork may fade over time. While this is normal to some extent due to natural weathering effects, if this is a concern, the cleaning steps outlined above can help to brighten fence panels.
The natural ageing process of the aluminium powder coat may involve some oxidisation over time, leaving a light chalky powder that forms on the surface – this is more common in areas of the fence that receive direct and consistent sunlight. Rubbing car wax-coated along fence railings will brighten the fence paintwork and provide some future protection against the elements to restore the shine.
· The materials used are less expensive.
· Because installation is simple, labour costs are reduced.
· Repairing is simple and inexpensive because each section can be replaced separately.
· You can select the type of wood to be used.
· Paint of your choice can be applied and removed at any time.
· Can be cut and shaped to any design.
· Materials are sourced from sustainable plantations.
· Wood is biodegradable and will not harm the environment. Timber can be recycled by returning it to a mill and reusing it.
Tightening screws and oiling any gate hinges regularly are examples of routine maintenance. Loose posts should also be realigned, and no objects or materials should be mounted or stacked near the fence.
To extend the life of your fence, make sure gates have a latch or a lock to prevent them from swinging open.