Colorbond fences are a great way to secure your home while adding aesthetic appeal. The maintenance of Colorbond fences is an important part of ensuring that they stay looking great. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that maintenance is a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. By following a few maintenance tips, you can keep your Colorbond fence looking new for years to come.
At Caboolture Fencing Experts, we understand that maintenance is key to keeping your Colorbond fence looking great for years to come. That’s why we recommend a few simple steps to help you keep your Colorbond fence looking new.
It’s recommended that homeowners inspect their fences at least once every six months for any loose screws, rusting components or bent panels which may have been caused by weather extremes. Inspections should also include checking for post holes that may have been dug near the fence line by animals as these can weaken the foundation of a Colorbond fence if not filled quickly.
A simple garden hose is enough to remove most dirt and debris from your fence, but if you have stubborn spots then use a soft-bristled brush with warm water and a mild detergent like dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent diluted with warm water.
Trimming and Pruning Plants
Trimming and pruning plants create a neat boundary between your garden and fencing. It also helps keep the area tidy by removing dead or overgrown branches that could potentially damage the fence itself. Trimming can be done with basic gardening tools such as shears, clippers or even an electric trimmer. When choosing which branches to trim back, look for ones that are crossing over onto the fence side of your garden boundary.
Repair Damage Panels
Damage can occur over time for a variety of reasons, including normal wear and tear due to weather exposure or accidental scuffs from lawnmowers and garden equipment. If a section of your fence is damaged or has deteriorated, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible.
Inspecting for Rust
Inspecting the entire fence at least once a year should be done with special attention, especially to the joints in between each panel where moisture and oxygen are more likely to accumulate. Rust will begin to form on the colorbond fence when exposed to moisture and oxygen, making it particularly vulnerable. With regular inspection and maintenance, these problems can be avoided or minimised.
Checking for Loose Fasteners
A regular check of the fasteners used to hold the fence together can help prevent any damage from occurring. Checking for loose fasteners is easy and should be done at least once every three months. Make sure each screw or bolt is tight, as a loose one will cause extra stress on the other connections which can lead to further problems over time. If you discover any loose fasteners during your inspection, tightening them up should fix the problem right away.
Checking for Pests
It’s important to regularly inspect for any signs that pests are present. Termites are a common pest in Australia, so always check for any small holes around the base of the fence or near posts. Look out for droppings, mounds, sawdust or mud tubes which may indicate a termite infestation.
Remove soil build-up
Check if there’s a soil build-up against your fence. This can cause long-term damage if not taken care of properly. Regularly removing built-up soil and debris from around your Colorbond fence will help ensure it looks great for longer. Start by using a stiff brush or broom to sweep away any loose dirt or grime. If there’s stubborn soil build-up that won’t budge with brushing, then use a garden hose with low-pressure water to rinse away the dirt. A high-pressure washer should be avoided as it could potentially damage the paint job of your Colorbond fence.
Colorbond fences are an attractive and highly functional choice for many homeowners. Their durability and strength make them a great option for secure fencing that will last a long time. However, it is important to remember that even the best quality fence needs regular maintenance to stay in top condition. Performing simple checks and maintenance can help ensure your Colorbond fence remains in excellent condition for years to come.