Choosing The Perfect Fence

When you first buy a home, you might care more about your furniture or your home's facade than you do about your front fence. However, there aren't many home components that play as important of a role as that yard enclosure. In addition to protecting your kids and pets, fences can also dress up your property and make the area look polished. Unfortunately, if you don't know a lot about fences, it might be difficult to choose one when you have the chance. My blog is designed to walk you through your fence options, so that you aren't left wondering how to improve your curb appeal.

Tips for Maintaining Your Home's New Aluminum Fence

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Now that your home's new aluminum fence has been installed, you will need to regularly maintain it. To keep it looking wonderful for years to come, follow these tips:

Proper Washing and Drying of the Aluminum Fence

You should clean your home's new fencing by washing it with your garden hose. When washing, start at the bottom of the fence and then work your way up. Once the whole fence has been cleaned, spray it down again from the top to the bottom. This pattern of cleaning will prevent dirty water from running down the fence and drying in place.

If you would like to dry the fence to remove any hard water spots, then you should use a soft cotton cloth or a chamois. You should dry the fence from the top down so that there are no drip marks left behind.

Never Use These Cleaners on Your Home's New Aluminum Fence

If your new fence becomes excessively soiled and needs to be deep cleaned, then you can clean it with a solution of mild dish soap and water. You should never use harsh products like these on the fence because they can permanently damage the metal:

  • abrasive cleaners
  • bleach
  • household cleaners
  • solvents

In addition, you should never scrub the fence with steel wool because it will scratch the aluminum.

Oil All Gate Hinges Each Year

Each spring you need to oil all of the gate hinges on your aluminum fence. You can use motor oil or any other lubricating oil for this job. Simply place the oil on the hinges using a small toothbrush. Wipe any excess oil with a cotton towel so that it does not stain the fence.

Adjust the Gate and Level It Each Year

At the same time you oil the gate hinges on your new fence, you should also take the time to relevel the gates and adjust them. Gates get out of adjustment because of their frequent use. Additionally, gates that have been climbed on by children or that have swung in the wind will need more frequent adjustments.

Tighten Any Loose Screws on the Fence Each Year

Finally, it is natural for your home's new aluminum fence to wiggle a bit in the wind. The movement can cause screws to become loose. Over time, loose screws can cause your fence to become damaged. So, each time you adjust the gate and oil its hinges, you should also walk the fence line and tighten any screws that have come loose since your last maintenance.

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27 August 2015