Metal gates, regardless of the type of property, are one of the most classic ways to secure your home. From HDB gates to landed property gates, most residential properties in Singapore are guarded by a metal gate, typically constructed of wrought iron.
Wrought iron gates are exceptionally durable, ductile, and have excellent tensile and compressive strengths. However, they are also extremely susceptible to corrosion if not properly maintained. Especially in Singapore’s hot and humid weather, and high rainfall, your landed property gates, and some HDB metal gates, will need regular maintenance to continue serving you. Here’s what you need to do.
1. Apply Protective Coating
Wrought iron gates can quickly corrode when in constant exposure to sun, heat, and rain. Preventive measures such as applying a coat of wax or sealant can help prevent your metal gates from corrosion and are always the simplest way to prevent damage. Whether it is a rust proof coating or a layer of paint, they create a strong barrier against nature’s elements.
2. Keep Your Gates Clean
Cleaning your metal gate on a regular basis is necessary to keep it looking great. However, many people tend to overlook it and allow dirt and dust to accumulate. Rust will also form on your wrought iron gates over time. A simple cleaning routine using warm water and a little soap or gentle detergent will help remove dirt and dust, while steel wool and sandpaper can be used to remove rust from your gates to help it stay clean and last longer.
Additionally, weeds, tall grass, and stray branches may also become entangled or stuck on the gates of your landed property. To keep your gate clean, they should be swept away on a regular basis.
Steps to cleaning your wrought iron gate
3. Regular Checks
Regular inspections are important, even for HDB gates, because they allow you to immediately discover potential problems like corrosion, cracks, and other damage. The earlier these issues are identified, the easier and less expensive it is to resolve them.
Even with regular cleaning, your metal gates may accumulate rust deposits over time. Due to constant exposure to weather conditions, landed property gates will have even more rust deposits as compared to HDB gates. If you notice rust peeling off your metal gates, sand or scrape it away before cleaning it with a rust cleaning solution. It is also recommended that a thorough inspection be performed every few months to ensure that no rust has formed.
4. Maintain Hinges and Fittings
The condition of the hinges and fittings that link your metal gate to the posts will determine how easy it is to open and close your gates. It's crucial to keep them lubricated and corrosion-free at all times. If they've corroded and can't be cleaned, they should be replaced as soon as possible.
When your metal gates are kept in good shape, they can keep your home secure and protect your loved ones. However, when damaged or dirty, they weaken significantly and may even make the front of your home look old and sloppy. Regular maintenance not only helps to prolong the lifespan of your metal gates, but also helps ensure that you don’t spend extra money on getting new gates.
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