Maintaining Your Wrought Iron Gates and Railings

When you finally have a complete set of bespoke wrought iron gates and railings, you might be wondering how to maintain them properly. Here are a few pointers to help keep your wrought iron gates and railings in top condition.

The Positives 

You might already know this but it’s worth mentioning: wrought iron is incredibly strong, durable and rust-resistant. 

What this means for maintenance is that you won’t have to constantly be on the lookout to see if your wrought iron gates and railings are going to be damaged. This saves you time and money, also reducing the stress that comes with gates and railings that need to be constantly maintained. 

Another huge benefit to having wrought iron gates and railings is that when you need to maintain or repair certain portions, you don’t need to replace your whole gates or railings, just the specific part in question. This is another huge time and cost-saving benefit to having wrought iron gates and railings.

How to Maintain Your Wrought Iron Gates and Railings

Get Ahead of The Problem – The best thing you can do with the following tips is to carry them out sooner rather than later. For example, if you see that your wrought iron gates and railings have got dirty, don’t wait weeks before cleaning them. 

Use Hot Dip Galvanising – Something you can do to ensure your wrought iron gates and railings will be protected for decades is to use hot dip galvanising before painting. This adds a zinc coating on your wrought iron gates and railings which provides 70 years’ worth of protection with added rust proofing as it reduces exposure to oxygen.

Cleaning Using Warm Water and Soap – If you start to see your wrought iron gates and railings getting dirty or muddy, the best thing to do is to first clean them using a cloth with some warm water and soap, then go over it again with just warm water, ensuring that all the soap has washed away.

Repaint Your Gates and Railings – Though you shouldn’t have to do this often, adding a fresh coat of paint to your wrought iron gates and railings ensures that they keep their aesthetic whilst also reducing any chances of dirt or mud getting trapped as well as rust occurring. Keeping your gate and railings’ presentation clean is also good for your business or home as it can maintain a professional look for your business and contribute to the property value of your home. 

Use Powder Coating – An alternative to painting your gates and railings would be to use a high-quality powder coating instead. Powder coating is a lot longer-lasting than standard painting and so means that in the long run, you’ll need to maintain your gates and railings less. Powder coating can also be coupled with hot dip galvanising to give your wrought iron gates and railings that much added protection. 

For more information or any questions, email us at [email protected] or call us at either 01384 392300. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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