Steel is one of the most popular materials used in the construction industry today because of its strength, durability, and versatility. Not only is steel widely used in the framework of buildings but a lot of the gates and railings that you walk past are also likely to be made from steel.
A fence and gate made from steel can make your home more secure from burglars while also adding beauty to its exterior. Steel railings around a commercial premises can also make your employees feel safer while they’re at work.
We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the best out of these steel structures.
Visit an experienced steel fabricator
Whether your rails and/or gate are for the home or your business, you probably need a customised solution that works well with your landscape and surroundings. To be sure of getting a high quality product designed to your exact specifications, always use the services of an expert.
Whats your coating?
Steel comes in a variety of finishes. As far as rails or gates are concerned, the chances are that you’ll either want a galvanised finish or a powder coating. These offer great protection from the elements and help prevent corroding. Your experienced fabricator will be able to offer guidance.
Once your steel fencing and/or gate has been installed, you’ll need to inspect it regularly. In the first few years you can probably spot any signs of wear or damage by looking at it yourself, but as the years go by, it might be better to call on an expert to check it over at least once a year for any issues.
Keep surrounding area clear
As part of your routine landscape checks, factor in clearing debris, especially if you have a steel gate. Unruly plants can impact on the external appearance of your property and can prevent your gate from opening or closing properly. In addition, any piles of soil or vegetation may be just the right sort of habitat for pests and this could weaken any structural fasteners.
Check for scratches and rust regularly
Although coated steel is very durable, any deep scratches can reveal the raw steel beneath the coating leaving it susceptible to rust. To prevent damage, check on a regular basis for any chips or scratches and watch out for signs of rust developing.
If you notice any damage or rust when checking over your steel railings and gates then call in a professional who can strengthen any weakened sections to help eliminate rust.
Do you need a new steel fence or gate? Get in touch with Metro Steel. We provide a wide range of fabrications solutions for residential and commercial use.