Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Maintenance Tips For New Iron Fences

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An iron fence provides a classic touch to any home's design. These fences are designed mainly to be used as a barrier, but they are also quite ornamental. You likely want your iron fence to last a lifetime. Here are a few initial maintenance tips to ensure your new iron fence looks good for years to come.

Request a Sealant Application

A sealant is an additional clear coat of wax that repels water and cuts down on weathering. The main risk to wrought iron fencing is rust and corrosion, which only occurs when metal, oxygen, and moisture are combined. A sealant blocks the moisture and oxygen from reaching the metal so rust is no longer a concern. The coating may last for several years on the main fence body, but it will likely wear off areas with frequent use, such as the gate. Reapplication every year or two is necessary to ensure the fence remains protected.

Plant With Caution

The landscaping around your fence can also pose issues. Vines and shrubs can scrape the finish from the fence, given enough time. The plants also trap moisture near the fence. This creates the perfect conditions for rust and corrosion on the iron. Instead, plant shrubs at least a foot away from the actual fence. This not only gives you room to trim the shrubs, but it also allows for air circulation around the fencing. As for vines, consider erecting a trellis near the fence but not on it directly. This gives the vines something to climb, but there are no concerns that the plants could damage the fence.

Other plants, like grass, should also have a small buffer zone between the planted area and the fence. Otherwise, the use of lawnmowers and string trimmers right up against your new fence could lead to paint damage and eventual rusting.

Monitor the Finish

Eventually, the paint on the fence will begin to age and flake, but even a new fence can get damaged. A deep scratch that reveals bare metal is a major cause for concern, since this is the type of damage that leads to rust formation. Check with your fencing contractor first to see if the damage is covered under warranty. Even if it's not, schedule a prompt repair. The scratch needs to be cleaned, sanded, and repainted before rust has a chance to take hold.

For more help, contact a fencing contractor in your area.

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4 December 2019