A beautiful set of iron gates can instantly improve the look of a property and increase its resale value – but only if the gates are in good condition and well cared for. Iron is prone to rust,which can be detrimental to the lifespan of the gates. If rust is allowed to build up, the quality of the gates will deteriorate,which could actually negatively impact on the value of a property if you were to sell. Below are a few tips on how to maintain iron gates.
- Prevention is better than cure, and here at Abbey Gates, we would always advise customers to take preventative measures to protect their gates and help make them last longer. We recommend galvanising and powder-coating new gates to improve durability and to protect against accidental damage and weathering. This finish will also improve the look of the gates.
- It is also a good idea to paint the gates regularly to keep them in good condition. Before painting, the gates should be thoroughly cleaned and sanded to provide an even surface on which to paint. We would recommend two coats of primer before finishing with the paint of choice.
- Rust and dirt should be removed from the gates on a regular basis as this will help to maintain the condition over the long term. Hard to reach areas can be cleaned with a toothbrush. If you notice rust, use wire wool to remove it and then apply wax to prevent the corrosion from spreading until the area can be repainted.
If your gates are severely rusted or in need of repair, contact us here at Abbey Gates. We are one of Scotland’s leading gate suppliers, with a team of experienced blacksmiths specialising in the manufacture of gates, railings and fences. Call today for more information or a competitive quote.