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.

How To Maintain A Chain Link Fence

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Chain link fencing is one of the most affordable and lightweight fences available, and its low cost and easy installation even over larger areas make it an ideal choice for both commercial and residential properties. However, like all other types of fencing materials, weather exposure can gradually break down the structural integrity and appearance of chain link fencing. This can cause holes to develop in your fencing, letting pests, pets, and intruders easily passing through and ruining the aesthetic of your yard or property. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that your chain link fence stays in good condition for as long possible.

General Cleaning

The easiest thing that you should do to keep your chain link fence in good condition, and one that you should do fairly regularly is to clean off dirt, mud, and other caked on debris. This is because this debris can hold onto moisture, which makes it more likely that your chain link fence will suffer from rust. Cleaning can be done with a pressure washer or a common garden hose with a high-pressure attachment. For stuck-on dirt, make use of a rag and soapy water to scrub by hand. In order to leave your newly cleaned fence with a protective finish, you may want to apply mineral oil or a specialized metal wax to the cleaned surface, which will help keep moisture away from the metal.

Tighten Fasteners

Another important maintenance task for your chain link fence is to make sure that all the fasteners that hold the sheets of chain link to the metal posts are in good condition, and replace damaged or missing fasteners as soon as you notice them to ensure that the structural integrity of your fence is maintained. Further, it's always a good idea to check how tight the fasteners are, and to adjust them as necessary: loose fasteners can allow your chain link fencing to separate from the posts, making it easier for intruders and animals to get through. Rusting screws and tension bands will likely have to be replaced (and quickly - leaving them to rust away can let the rust spread to the rest of the fence).

Professional Inspection

Finally, you should always turn to a professional to inspect your chain link fence if you notice that it has become damaged or requires serious repairs. Tilted fencing posts, ripped chain link sections, and other severe forms of wear and tear will require a professional to replace or repair them. Contacting a company like Canyon  Fence Co at the first sign of an issue can mean that you only have to have a single post or section replaced, instead of the entire fence. 

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12 April 2018