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Do you need to replace your existing garden fencing but cant decide between metal and timber? If so, this article takes a look at how long metal fence panels last and the main reasons why they are a better option than timber. 

How Long Do They Last?

The lifespan of a metal fence can vary depending on several factors including:

  • The type of metal used to construct them.
  • The location they are installed.
  • The level of maintenance they receive. 

In general, if they are properly maintained, they could theoretically last 50 years or more.

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Does Metal Last Longer Than Wood?

The simple answer to this is yes they do. Unless a heavy duty pressure treated design is selected, timber is prone to rot and wind damage if it is not maintained on a regular basis. In addition to this, the type of wood used, the quality of the installation will play a major role in the durability of any timber fence. As a result, you shold not expect a timber fence to last any longer than 15-20 years. In comparison, metal fence panels are much more resistant to the elements as they do not rot. This means that  whilst timber may be initially more affordable, metal is a better long term investment and well worth your conideration.

Why Do They Last So Long?

Built from robust steel components and commonly galvanised with a layer of zinc to protect against rust and corrosion, metal is are easier to clean and repair than timber options. With proper installation and maintenance, they can last for several decades, making them a great investment for any residential property owner.

Do They Suffer Damage in the Wind?

In general, metal fence panels are more wind-resistant than timber. However, they can still suffer damage from time to time but this is rare and with proper installation it can minimize any potential damage.

What is the Best Way to Maintain Metal Fencing?

Taking care of your fencing is essential to ensure its longevity and appearance. Here are some tips to follow: 

  • Regular Cleaning: Dirt, debris, and rust can gather on the surfaces overtime. It is therefore important to regularly clean them using a soft-bristled brush and a mixture of mild soap and water. Once cleaned, they should be rinsed thoroughly and dried with a clean cloth. 
  • Inspect and Repair: Check for any signs of damage, such as scratches and rusting. If you notice any issues, address them as soon as possible to prevent further damage. 
  • Apply Protective Coating: Applying a protective coating to all the exposed surfaces can help prevent rust, corrosion, and other forms of weathering. When doing so you will need to choose a finish suitable for the type of material and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

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Is Metal More Expensive Than Wood?

Although metal fence panels are more expensive than wooden counterparts the exact difference in cost will depend on several factors including the quality of the metal, the size and the style. Despite metal being more expensive initially, it can provide a better long-term investment as they will need replacing less often than cheap timber panels.

What Metal Fence Designs Are Available?

Numerous design options are available in metal, from simple and modern to ornate and decorative. The design you choose will depend on your preference, your home's architectural style, and your fence's purpose.

Here are some comomon designs:

  • Security: This type of fencing will commonly feature solid panels and is designed to offer homewner with the moaximum level of privacy and security. Although they are not the prettiest to look at they are effective and in some cases it may be possible to include some decorative elements to help increase its overall aesthetic appeal.
  • Picket: This style will offer very little in term of privacy and security as they only sit around 3ft in height. They are made up of individual bars or boards that are evenly spaced. They are most common in front gardens and have a traditional, regimented appearance. 
  • Traditional: This style feature intricate scrollwork or other decorative elements and can be used to enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your property. They are widely used around the boundary of residential homes or other similar locations.
  • Modern: These feature clean lines and a minimalist design, making them perfect for creating a contemporary feel.

Interested in Buying Metal Fencing for Your Home?

Here at Metal Gates Direct, we have a wide range of metal fence panels for sale at some very competitive prices. With simple and ornate designs to choose from, we are confident you will find the best fencing solution to meet your requirements at a price you can afford. 

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