Renowned Australia-wide for its resistance to our harsh environment, Colorbond fencing requires much less maintenance than many of its alternatives, such as wood or vinyl. With Colorbond, just a little bit of maintenance goes a long way.

To take advantage of all the benefits Colorbond fencing has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of three essential tips for ensuring the longevity of your Colorbond fence.

1. Wash Your Colorbond Fence

BlueScope Steel, the makers of Colorbond steel, recommend regular washing of your Colorbond fence with fresh, clean water to prolong its life and lustre. 

Wet weather may often take care of this for you, with rainwater providing a natural, hands-free cleaning for your Colorbond steel. But in areas where a natural clean may be less likely, be sure to hose down your fence about once every six months or more frequently in coastal areas.

If you notice any stubborn dirt buildups or stains, mild detergent and a cloth should make short work of them. 

For more information on cleaning your Colorbond fence, check out our blog on How To Clean A Colorbond Fence.

2. Inspect Your Colorbond Fence

It’s important to check on your Colorbond fence, like any fence, every so often to ensure everything is as it should be. 

You should be on the lookout for any signs of damage, such as dents or scratches, and the loosening of fasteners, such as screws or bolts. 

While easy to fix, if left untreated, these issues can cause further degradation in the integrity of your fence. Loose screws, for example, represent a reduction in the structural integrity of your fence, which at its more extreme, can lead to fencing falling over or blowing down during severe weather.

This step should be an important consideration regardless of whether you have metal fencing or another alternative.

3. Monitor & Trim Encroaching Vegetation

Trees, vines, bushes, fertilisers, and soil can all cause a decline in the integrity of your fence over time, with vegetation often representing the most common source of abrasions for metal fencing.   

The frequent banging and rubbing of branches can lead to wear and scratches in metal fencing. Additionally, as vegetation grows and soil presses more firmly against your fence, it can trap moisture, leading to an increased risk of rust or mould growth. 

If you notice vegetation encroaching against your fence, make sure to trim it until it is no longer making contact with your fence and clear any soil stacked against it. 

These three essential steps are easy to implement but strongly contribute to maintaining a robust and attractive Colorbond fence for longer.

Metric Fencing is a manufacturer of genuine Colorbond fencing in Perth, Western Australia. Contact us for any of your Colorbond fencing or matching Colorbond gate needs.