Your home’s exterior is like a canvas waiting to be painted. A true statement of your personal style that ensures your safety and privacy.
To perfect that canvas, adding diamond mesh fencing to guard your backyard, surround your swimming pool, or simply mark the perimeter of your property, can be a wise choice.
If you have chosen a diamond mesh fence as your protective boundary, then this blog post can be useful. It provides a comprehensive guide on how to maintain that fencing type. More specifically, it will focus on the ins and outs of inspecting, cleaning and repairing diamond mesh fencing to ensure it maintains its structural integrity.
What is Diamond Mesh Fencing?
Diamond mesh fencing is commonly referred to as chain link fencing or wire mesh fencing. You may have also come across the term ‘diamond steel fencing’. However, this term is not recognised in the fencing industry. It appears to be a non-standard way of describing this type of steel fencing. Therefore, in the discussion that follows, when we are referring to diamond mesh fencing, we are talking about chain link or chain wire fencing.
Thus, what is diamond mesh fencing? It is a fencing style that has a distinctive diamond-shaped pattern created by interlinked steel wires.
Why Fence Maintenance Matters?
Fence maintenance matters for many reasons. Some of the reasons are listed below:
- Preservation of the appearance of your diamond mesh fencing.
- Enhancing the durability of your steel fencing.
- Protection against the various elements, such as rain, wind and UV rays.
- Enhances the security and privacy of your property.
- Increasing the value of your property.
- There may be regulations you need to follow (legal compliance).
- Proper maintenance is cost-effective (instead of replacing parts of the fence or the whole fence).
- Gives you peace of mind that your fencing stays aesthetically pleasing and properly functioning.
Inspecting your Diamond Mesh Fence
Regular inspections of your diamond mesh fencing can help identifying any issues early. Thus, allowing addressing them before they become a bigger issue.
Below are some of the ways to inspect chain link fencing:
- Visual inspection of the entire fence can be conducted by walking along its length and carefully checking each section.
- Checking the posts. When you find any signs of leaning, tilting or damaged posts, it is time to replace them as they can compromise the structural integrity of the whole fence.
- Inspect the bottom and top rails to ensure they are securely attached to the posts. Additionally, check for any other damage, including rust.
- Examining the mesh will allow detecting any loose, damaged or corroded sections. Hence, allowing replacing them as soon as possible.
- Rust and corrosion are common issues with steel diamond mesh fences. Ensure you pay close attention to joints and areas where the protective coating has been damaged or worn out.
- Inspecting the gates is also essential (if you have any). They should be able to swing freely. All the latches and hinges should be in good working order and lubricated as needed.
- Vegetation should be under control, as overgrown plants and vines can accelerate corrosion.
- It is advised to test the tension of your fencing. Loose or sagging sections may need adjustment to maintain the structural strength of your mesh fencing.
Cleaning your Fencing
Cleaning diamond mesh fencing is an essential part of its maintenance routine to preserve its appearance and longevity.
How to clean diamond mesh fencing effectively:
Suitable tools and materials are essential.
- Garden hose or pressure washer.
- Mild detergent (a mixture of mild dish soap or a specialised fence cleaner with water).
- Nylon brush or a cloth.
- Safety gear: gloves and safety goggles should be worn for safety reasons.
Cleaning the fence:
- Remove debris
- Prepare the cleaning solution (mild detergent).
- Apply the solution
- Rinse thoroughly
- Inspect for stubborn stains and scrub the area carefully if needed.
- Dry the fence (air-dry or use a clean dry cloth).
Dealing with Rust and Corrosion
When it comes to dealing with rust and corrosion, similar to cleaning, appropriate tools and materials are essential.
You will need:
- Wire brush to remove loose rust.
- Sandpaper (medium-grit) to smooth the surface after rust removal.
- Rust converter to transform rust into a more stable form.
- Primer prepares the surface for paint. It also helps to protect against future corrosion.
- The paint chosen should be suitable for outdoor use.
- Paintbrush or spray gun choice depends on the preference.
- Apply safety measures first. Wear appropriate safety gear.
- Prepare the surface. Preparation: clean the rusty areas of your fence using a wire brush. Then sand the surface for better adhesion.
- Apply rust converter.
- Apply the primer.
- Paint the fence: either using a spray gun or a brush.
Fixing Damaged Sections
Fixing damaged sections of your diamond mesh fencing also requires proper tools and materials:
- Safety gear.
- Replacement parts.
- Wire cutters or pliers.
- Wrench or socket set.
- Tension bands.
- Tension bars.
- Fasteners (nuts, bolts and screws).
- Assess the damage.
- Disconnect the damaged section from the rest of the fence using appropriate tools.
- Remove the damaged components carefully.
- Prepare replacement parts for the installation.
- Attach new components.
- Adjust the tension of your diamond mesh fencing.
- Reconnect the repaired parts to the fence.
- Secure the fasteners.
- If needed, paint the fence.
Interested in the Diamond Mesh Fencing? Ask Diamond Fence!
If you are interested in exploring the steel fencing options provided by Diamond Fence in Melbourne and Greater Victoria, we encourage you to reach out to us today!
You can contact us by either sending an email to email@example.com or by placing a phone call to our dedicated line at (03) 9753 4566.
For your convenience, we have also an online enquiry form that offers an efficient means of communicating with us. This form allows you to submit any inquiries or concerns you may have.
We eagerly await the opportunity to assist you further and provide the necessary details regarding your steel fencing enquiry.