When installing new fencing, many homeowners opt for aluminum fencing due to its durability and cost-effectiveness. Plus, aluminum fencing comes in a wide range of styles, so it can be made to suit the desired aesthetic on your property. Still, while aluminum fencing is low-maintenance, it's not 100% maintenance-free. As such, there are some important care and maintenance mistakes you'll need to avoid when it comes to your new fence.
1. Allowing it to Oxidize
One of the biggest concerns with aluminum fencing is that over time, it can become prone to oxidation. When this occurs, the material itself can be gradually corroded and eaten away. Fortunately, oxidation is not something that will happen overnight; it takes months or even years of neglect. Still, if you allow your fence to begin oxidizing, you may have no choice but to replace the affected areas of fencing. The best way to prevent this is to simply keep your fence clean and make sure a protective powder coating is applied after installation.
2. Failing to Maintain Landscaping
While aluminum is a very strong (and surprisingly lightweight) material, it can become damaged and bent over time when exposed to large tree roots, branches, and other nearby landscaping. Therefore, it's important for homeowners to keep the landscaping around their aluminum fencing trimmed back, pruned as needed, and well maintained.
3. Ignoring Algae Growth
Algae is another concern when it comes to aluminum fencing; if you notice a small spot of green algae growing on your fence, it's important to address it promptly before it spreads and becomes more difficult to eradicate. Otherwise, algae will eat away at your fence's protective powder coat finish. The best way to get rid of algae on an aluminum fence is simply to wash it away with soap and water.
4. Neglecting to Oil Hinges and Gates
If your aluminum fence has any hinges or gates, be sure to oil and lubricate them regularly (at least twice a year or as needed); this will not only keep them from becoming squeaky and difficult to operate but will prevent them from corroding or rusting out as well.
A little bit of care and maintenance will go a long way in keeping your aluminum fencing free of damage and looking its best for years to come. By avoiding these common care and maintenance mistakes, you can also avoid the need for costly and premature fencing repairs.