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Your Guide to Installing and Maintaining a Wrought Iron Gate

Want to add a touch of elegance to the entrance of your home, but without compromising on security?

Think of a wrought iron gate. It has that classy, yet foreboding element that you need to protect your home without impinging on its aesthetics.

There’s a reason iron has been in use since the early 2000 BC. It epitomizes strength and classical appeal like no other.

But What About the Steep Price Tag?

It’s true that wrought iron gates are among the most expensive options out there. This is because wrought iron is a sturdy material and producing it is a labor-intensive process. This ends up making it pricier than wood and aluminum.

But think of the value you will be adding to your property. Not to mention, you want the main gate of your home to last. If properly maintained, a wrought iron gate could last you a lifetime.

Which brings us to the maintenance.

How to Properly Maintain a Wrought Iron Gate

Of course, you’ll have to take extra special care of your gate once it has been installed. What does that entail?

Preventing Damage

One of the first things you must do is apply a protective coat over the gate. This could be in the form of a rust-resistant powder or a water-repellant spray.

Next, make sure your gate stays clean. Make a habit of washing it regularly as part of your morning routine. Use water and soap to keep the surface clean.

Make sure that no plants or weeds are encroaching on the land around the gate. If the surface gets scratched, rust will soon follow.

You Noticed Rust Spots. Now What?

Don’t panic. This doesn’t mean that your lovely new gate is getting destroyed. But you do need to act immediately. Scrub out the spots with a toothbrush. Or better yet, use sandpaper and a steel wool wire to sand it off. Remember to repaint the surface afterwards.

Painting a Wrought Iron Gate 

It’s up to you whether you want a professional to paint your gate or you wish to do the job yourself. Either way you need to remember a few basics:

  • Start the work on a day when it’s cool outside
  • Begin with the application of a primer
  • A primer takes around two to three hours to dry
  • The exterior should be coated with rust-preventing paint

Installing Your Gate

Now that you’re convinced wrought iron is the option for you, you can begin your research on gate installing services. For Arizona homeowners, your go-to choice should be Triple B Garage Doors and Gates.

Experts in their field, they provide gate installing (and repair!) services to homeowners in Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Chandler, Arizona. Their staff will help you to pick your design, take measurements and provide service on the same day.