HOW TO CARE FOR METAL GATES, RAILINGS, BALUSTRADES
To maintain the look, performance and durability of your new metal product, general inspections and maintenance should be carried out throughout the year. Being a metal product, this is easy and takes little time to complete.
Clean the metal regularly to remove dust, dirt, and debris. Use a soft brush or cloth to wipe down the surfaces. If needed, you can use a mild detergent mixed with water for more thorough cleaning.
Inspect the metal for any signs of rust regularly, especially in areas where the paint or coating may have worn off. If you notice rust, remove it with a wire brush or sandpaper, and then apply a rust-inhibiting primer and paint to protect the metal.
Metal gates, railings, balustrades are coated with protective finishes powder coating. Ensure that the protective coating is intact and not damaged. If the coating is compromised, touch up the affected areas or consider recoating the entire gate.
Hinges, latches, and other moving parts may benefit from periodic lubrication to ensure smooth operation. Use a suitable lubricant, such as a silicone-based or graphite lubricant, to prevent friction and reduce wear.
Inspect for Damage:
Regularly inspect the entire gate for any signs of damage, such as dents, bent components, or loose fasteners. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the gate’s structural integrity.
Metal gates are exposed to weather elements, which can accelerate wear and corrosion. Consider applying a protective wax or sealant to create a barrier against moisture and UV rays. This is especially important for gates located in areas with harsh weather conditions.
Adjusting and Tightening:
Periodically check and tighten any loose nuts, bolts, or screws. Hinges may need adjustment to maintain proper alignment. Make sure the gate swings smoothly without binding.
Avoid scratching the metal surface by keeping sharp objects away from the gate. If there are scratches, consider applying touch-up paint to protect against rust and maintain the gate’s appearance.
Consider seasonal maintenance, especially before harsh weather conditions such as winter or rainy seasons. This may involve additional protective measures to shield the gate from the elements.
If you notice significant damage or if you’re unsure about the condition of your metal gate, consider hiring a professional for a thorough inspection and any necessary repairs.
By following these maintenance practices, you can help keep your metal gate/ railings etc in good condition, preserving their appearance and functionality over the long term.