Wrought iron fences are known for their low-level maintenance and durability. However, in order to further extend its life, it’s imperative to take precautionary measurements.
Special applications are available to enhance the appearance of iron fences. Unfortunately, most homeowners are under the impression that the compounds are protected naturally or manufacturers use special coatings.
However, iron, just like steel and metal, is susceptible to rust. In order to prevent it from rusting and corroding, galvanization is mandatory.
The Perks of Galvanization
Galvanization is the process of coating iron with zinc to extend its life.
This also helps protect it from damaging conditions. Moisture, dust and fires can otherwise prove to be harmful.
Zinc creates an oxidation layer on the fence which helps protect it from rust or breakage.
Instead of ‘eating away’ at the materials of the fence, the corrosion affects the zinc. Therefore, exposed edges and wires will not be affected by harmful elements.
Types of Coatings
There are several types of special applications available in order to protect iron fences from damage. Some of these are:
- Zinc Primer/Cold Galvanization
This type of coating is used for fences that have already been installed. The process includes applying a ‘zinc primer’. After this, the fence is painted. The paint itself is good for protecting the iron from corrosion.
However, homeowners need to be careful that the paint used is not washed off. Otherwise the protective coating will be washed away as well.
E-coating is now becoming popular due to its perks. It is a water-soluble, organic fluid that has texture similar to paint. The fence is dipped into this special coating which sends an electric charge through the solution. This causes the coating to permanently bond with the iron compounds permanently.
In order for this procedure to be effective, it’s mandatory that the iron is clean. An unclean fence can cause the adhesions of the coating to weaken.
- Hot Dip Galvanization
This type of coating is the most effective and used for heavy-duty iron fences. It’s perfect for commercial organizations. This type of protection coating protects the iron compounds from soil corrosion and water damage.
The procedure involves dipping the fence into molten zinc. This allows the zinc to penetrate every layer of iron and seep between the cracks and materials of the fence. The coating used can be thickened because it does not rely on electric currents. This eliminates the chances of scratches and scrapes.
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