A Complete Guide to Maintaining Your Wire Galvanised Fence

Dec 12, 2023

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Many South African property owners prefer wire fencing to other options on the market. There are many reasons for this. This type of fence is made of steel, making it extremely strong and durable. It's great for properties that require a medium to high level of security

While it is mostly low-maintenance, it does require occasional care if you want your fence to protect you for years to come. Keep reading to know more about fence maintenance for galvanised materials.

What is a Galvanised Fence?

Galvanised wire fencing is made of steel that has gone through a galvanisation process. This means the steel has been coated in zinc to prevent rust and corrosion. While the zinc acts as a barrier against oxygen and water, your wire galvanised fence may still become vulnerable to rust over long periods of time. 

Benefits of Fence Care

Given the humidity and rain in certain parts of the country, fence care is essential to ensure that your fence lasts as long as possible without rusting. A wire galvanised fence is relatively cost effective, and does not require constant maintenance. 

However, complete neglect may mean that you will have to spend more on replacing your fence sooner than you thought. Applying a few simple fence care habits from time to time to will extend the lifespans of your wire galvanised fence and give you peace of mind.

How to Maintain Your Wire Galvanised Fence

  • Start by removing obstructions to your fence to prevent damage. Plants contain moisture which can lead to rust, so trim hedges and weeds regularly.
  • Inspect your wire galvanised fence every few months for signs of rust, loose screws, scratches or dents.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning.
  • Use water, soap, and a soft brush or cloth for cleaning.
  • Wash on a sunny day so drying happens quickly.
  • Replace missing parts and treat rust immediately to prevent more serious damage in the long run.

Finally, always ensure that you’re purchasing the correct fence for your environment. A fence in a coastal area will need a specific coating to offer more protection against corrosion than, for example, a fence installed far from the coast. If you’re unsure of what fence is the right fit for your needs, our experts will guide you to the right purchase. 

Speak to our fence specialists at Betafence if you need more advice on caring for your wire galvanised fence and how to protect it against the South African climate. Need a new fence? We stock high quality, easy to assemble fences of all types. Shop online here.