21st May 2019
If high security is important for your business, then a wire mesh fence is the perfect match for you. But while mesh fencing is inexpensive, durable and the easiest way to keep out animals or intruders, in order to function to the best of its ability it needs to be well maintained.
Regularly checking and maintaining your mesh fence is vital to ensure no pests, intruders or wandering members of the public can gain access to your off-limits areas. Therefore, checking for tears, holes or broken fixings and panels at least once a week can help prevent unnecessary intrusion.
However, it’s not just about monitoring possible access points. A fence that appears well cared for can be a deterrent in itself to potential intruders who will be looking for signs as to whether your site is regularly monitored. That means carrying out regular cleaning and painting.
Painting a mesh fence is a simple process, but it can be bigger job if you have a large site. Proper preparation is also important to ensure an excellent result and avoid complications. Here’s how you can give yours a fresh, professional look:
Give yourself room to work by clearing out all the weeds and plants around the base of the fence. Remove any previous fence decor and also any creepers you may find growing on the fence. Make sure the bottom can be painted easily by removing any soil in the way.
Get rid of the dirt or rust on your fence by thoroughly cleaning it. Use a brush to remove any stubborn dirt you may find. You can also consider renting out a sandblaster from a hardware store to speed up the process. Work around both sides of the mesh, removing as much rust and dirt as possible. Then spray down the fence using a hose to remove any scraps of dirt or leaves sitting in the fence. Allow it to dry off completely.
Block any areas of the fence that you don’t want to be painted by using masking tape. Make sure to cover up any walls or trees that stand close to the fence.
Use a rust inhibitor and spray down any areas of the fence that look rusted. If your fence is old, make sure that you also apply a coat of primer to it.
Use a long nap paint roller to paint the fence, first starting from the top and working down to the bottom before working horizontally. Use the roller’s nap to reach the inside of the mesh. Then use a paintbrush to paint the poles and areas close to the ground.
Painting a mesh fence can be a difficult job, so many business owners choose to install fencing that already comes with a powder coated finish. At Zaun, we offer custom-built powder coated mesh fencing in a variety of colours to match the brand of your business or your environmental surroundings. Not only is it resistant to chipping, salt, graffiti, UV and environmental pollution, but it has up to 25 years life expectancy – saving you the hassle of future paint jobs for a long time to come.