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Why do they call it wrought iron?

A wrought iron fence can be a beautiful addition to any home. Iron fence landscaping provides a business or private property a touch of style while setting boundaries and establishing property lines. 

As with songs, we often misconstrue words, and that is true with many other things, like iron fence terms.  Is it wrought or rod iron? This style of iron fence is often mistakenly called “rod iron” or “rot iron”, however, the correct term and pronunciation is “wrought iron.” Wrought is derived from the verb “work” and when put with iron, it means “a worked iron” or “a forged iron”.

When the general public speak of wrought iron, there are three things they could be referring: 

  • Actual wrought iron
  • Hand forged items
  • Wrought iron look-a-like

The word “wrought” is another verb for the word “worked”, so “wrought iron” is “worked iron”. It is worked until it is the shape the iron fabricator desires. The word wrought is defined as “to be forged and formed in a plastic state developing an ornamental effect.” 

Wrought is a description of the process and the type of metal being worked. Technically,  by that definition though, any metal can be “wrought” or “worked” but the common use of the word and the perception is applied to ferrous metals. 

What is difference between wrought iron and cast iron?

Two ways to determine the difference would be: 

1). When we speak of “wrought” iron, we are speaking of metal that has been ‘worked’. Metal that has been ‘worked’ has been bent, hammered, and twisted into a shape. A vision most have of wrought iron is a blacksmith in an apron hammering metal on an anvil. 

2). Cast iron is poured into molds at a foundry. 

Further differences are described with wrought iron isn’t as brittle as cast iron and has a lower content of carbon. That make it a harder and stronger metal but leaves it weldable metal. Where wrought iron was THE metal to use in the almost all manufacturing around the world, mild steel replaced it in popularity due to cost and ease of obtaining. 

 Wrought iron has all but disappeared by the 1970’s for commercial scale. For conservation purpose, it is still replicated and restored. What you may purchase today in furniture, gates, lighting, ornamental décor, and railings that is described as “wrought iron” is actually a mild steel replicate to look like wrought iron. 

How much does iron fencing cost?

 Perhaps you’re considering an iron fence backyard, doing something a little different than the neighbors. Iron fence will give your landscaping a more classic style versus the traditional wooden privacy fence or chain link fence. 

Pricing will vary from area to area, and you’d be wise to get 2 or 3 written iron fence estimates before choosing the contractor you’ll use. On the average, a homeowner can expect to pay between $26 per linear foot for a low end wrought iron fence up to $34 per linear foot for a higher end style iron fence. 

iron fence

How much is a wrought iron gate?

Most wrought iron fence gates are pre-built with pricing as low as $200 and as high as $7,000, all depending on the size your need along with other details. To have the iron fence gate installed, you can expect a total price to start around $300 and go up to $9,000. If you’re looking for a one person width iron fence gate, you could purchase one for around $300 and install it yourself, saving that install fee. 

If it isn’t as commonplace anymore, why is wrought iron so expensive? The design and style of a wrought iron is done all by hand.  Anything made by hand will cost more, like clothing, fresh foods, etc. Wrought iron is repeatedly heated and reworked, a manufacturing process that gives it the laminar structure desired. It has a high tensile strength and is more flexible than cast iron.

Did you know that wrought iron, true wrought iron, can be recycled? While steel is the most common recycled metal on Earth according to the American Iron & Steel Institute. 

Because wrought iron is a ferrous metal, meaning it is made from a combination of carbon and iron, it can be recycled repeatedly without the properties that make it be altered. Metals are separated by two classifications: 

Ferrous metals that are combinations of carbon and iron include iron and carbon. Examples of ferrous metals are: 

  • Alloy steel
  • Carbon steel, 
  • Cast iron
  • Wrought iron

Non-ferrous metals are the precious metals like: 

  • Gold
  • Iridium
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Silver

Wrought iron companies buy scrap wrought iron and will check any metal that appears to be wrought iron. They seek out old wrought iron items like: 

  • Anchors and anchor chains
  • Gas holder tire bars, 
  • Iron bridges
  • Iron railings

If you have wrought iron to sell for recycling and you’re not able to find a wrought iron company, talk to an antique shop, a boutique, or garden center. They will often repurpose, and use wrought iron products for their displays if they don’t sell it. Call (817) 506-7722 today for your iron fence installation in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX.

Should I Repair or Replace My Fence?

Wooden fence

Wear and tear on your fence

It is said a good fence will make good neighbors, but what about when that fence starts to lean or sag? Does this mean the neighborhood is going bad or will some fence repair work keep the neighbors good? Yes, those things that make you go “hmmm” and you just keep reading to see where this article is going. 

Well, this article is going to answer questions about broken, leaning, and sagging fences. Questions like, “Should I repair or replace my fence?” and other questions. So, yes, please keep reading and let see what we learn today!   In answer to that first question, “Should I repair or replace my fence?”, the answer is ….. it depends. 

Yes, “it depends” is a broad response with not real direction. So, if you are unsure if fence repair or replacement is the better option, the immediate answer budget-wise is fence repair. In the short term, a fence repair is cheaper, even repainting it is cheaper, than replacing the fence. 

However, if a fence has served its purpose or a long period of time, the fence repairs may be more extensive than they are worth. Or maybe it is simply time to update the look of your property with a different style of fencing. 

How do you fix a sagging fence?

When it comes to fences and you say it is sagging, we assume you mean leaning, and that it is a wooden fence that you’re asking about.  So, we’ll answer this question accordingly with “How do you fix wooden fence that is leaning?” 

Assessment of the Situation

The first step is to get a clear picture and understanding as to what is causing the fence to lean.  It may be something as simply straightening some fence posts. Or you may discover it is more fence repair than that, but not bad enough to replace the fence entirely. 

Bent metal fence posts or rotted wood fence posts will require a fence repair of replacing those posts. If the posts are in cement though, that may be more detailed fence repairs needed. 

Relieve the Pressure 

To start any type of fence repair, like straightening a fence post, you’ll need to relieve the pressure from the fence structure itself. If your fence repair is on a chain link fence, you can do this by removing the clips and post caps. A wooden fence repair will require using extra 2x4x8 boards to brace the panels. With braces in place and staked on both fence sides, remove the horizontal stringers from the fence post.  

Excavate Around the Post

If the fence post was originally set properly, you’ll find a large area of concrete around the posts base. This needs to be removed which requires excavating around the chunk of cement 18” out around it and two foot down. Once you have that cement removed,  return the fence post to the spot, making sure it perfectly vertical using a level than brace it in place. 

Fill the Hole

Now, how do you want to fill the hole you just created getting that cement out? With rocky-type soil that is dry, use half wet sand and half small gravel, pack it heavily and tight. Let the bracing you created stay in place a few days while the fill settles in and around the hole. Now your fence repair job is ready to return the fence panels. 

If you need a stronger setting solution, take one bag of fast-setting concrete and pour it directly into the new hole, going around the post base. Then pour ½ gallon of water  slowly in the hole, allowing it time to soak in while you pour. In an hour or less you’ll have fence post set in concrete and ready for the panels to be attached. 

Can you repair concrete fence posts?

When fence posts have loosened or begun to lean, it usually because of the footing, or the backfill. The best solution for this fence repair project when the footing is earth and gravel, is to dig out the backfill and replumb the post. Then return the backfill with additional backfill if needed and tamp it down so that the fence posts integrity is returned. 

When there are concrete footings, the concrete may be cracked, or has moved. The best solution in these cases is to remove the old fence post and its footing, replace all with new materials. If the concrete footing still has a strong integrity, but the post is rotted and shrunk, simply drive shims around the post in the existing concrete. Make sure it is plumb then trim the shims down to the concrete and caulk around the post with a clear silicone caulk. 

 How to repair fence gate

A fence may look basic and simple, but there are several parts that make a fence, and one of those parts is the gate. The gate gets the most use, wear, and tear and with gravity is not its friend.  It is because of gravity and the heavy use that a wooden gate will begin to drop as the hinges are pulled loose and the gate becomes unsquared. 

At your local farm & feed store or home improvement store you can purchase anti-sag gate kits that will pull the low corner up toward the upper hinge, squaring the gate again so that it hangs and opens correctly.  Inside the kit, you’ll find: 

  • Metal corner brackets
  • Cable and cable fittings
  • A turnbuckle

Install the hardware and then pull the gate squared by turning the turnbuckle. When the gate begins to sag again (and it will), simply turn the turnbuckle. 

Who pays for fence repair between neighbors?

If the fence repair is for a fence installed on the boundary line between two properties and both properties uses the fence, then it is joint property and fence repair should be responsibility of both parties. Both parties should consult with 2 to 3 different Fence repair services and get quotes, then compare them together and choose the best one for all concerned. 

new ash fence

How long should a wooden fence last?

A professional contractor that offers fence repair and installation should apply a preservative over the wood once the fence is completed. With that preservative, a wooden fence can last up to 15 years with proper maintenance and fence repairs as needed. 

We pay monthly premiums for our homeowners insurance, so it seems only right we should benefit by the insurance company pay for things, right?  So, does homeowners insurance cover fence replacement?

Homeowner’s insurance is there to protect your home and personal belongings (and your mortgage company’s investment of providing you a loan) from the unexpected.  The unexpected is events like fire, hailstorms, lightning, vandalism, and windstorms.  It is pretty much the same thing as with the roof on your home. When a fence is damaged by any of those events, your homeowner’s insurance will pay ACV (actual cash value) to cover fence repair or replacement. Call (817) 506-7722 today for your fence repair in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX.

How do you maintain a wood pergola?

Wood pergola

How long will a wood pergola last?

A pergola is a minimal, but sturdy structure of four beams to frame a square, crossbeams and lattice creating an open top, leaving it with a look for being unfinished. Some have a covering over the top beams, most are left open.  This is a place to sit and relax quietly or entertain guests. Routine pergola maintenance is necessary to keep the structure safe, sturdy, and enticing. 

The maintenance of pergola is basic and easy, and if you skip the routine for a short time, it isn’t likely to cause a major expense, like forgetting to change your HVAC filter for six months. Because they are typically made of wood, pergola no maintenance isn’t possible. If you have a pergola made of other materials, like metal or plastic, a pergola maintenance free doesn’t exist if you want it to look appealing, safe, and sturdy. 

A pergola is a piece of your home’s outdoor décor, adding a special appeal to your home as an outdoor extension. Because they are outside all of the time, they are exposed to the elements and UV rays, all of which can shorten the life of a pergola if routine pergola maintenance isn’t performed. 

Most pergolas are made of wood and offer a lifespan from five years and as long as twelve years or more, if pergola maintenance is done. A wooden pergolas gives the landscape a rustic charm, but because it will require a steady routine of pergola maintenance, it may not be the ideal structure for many.  

The pergola maintenance is keep mold and rot at a minimal, which requires re-staining it periodically. You can choose to have built with low maintenance pergola materials to avoid this issue like either of these:

  • A Metal Pergola: A metal pergola has a typical lifespan maximum of five years and are less expensive than a wood pergola. They aren’t made as sturdy and because they are metal, they tend to rust, adding to the lack of sturdiness. Any pergola maintenance here would be by personal choice of keeping it painted to minimize the possibility of rusting. 
  • A Vinyl Pergola: A vinyl pergola is the most popular, offering a lifetime of enjoyment. A vinyl pergola is practical and stylish. There isn’t any require pergola maintenance with a vinyl one because it is impervious to the weather. You can simply use a water hose to clean it off if needed. 

Should I paint or stain my pergola?

If you choose to build a wood pergola, you  can paint or stain the unit. If you paint, it will need to be refreshed once year, typically during early spring, creating more pergola maintenance.  If you stain your pergola, it is recommended to do that before  constructing the pergola.  

Staining will seal the wood and doesn’t require you to apply both a stain and a seal.  Stain soaks into new wood, and with two to three coats, your pergola will be protected and sealed. Applying anything, a sealant or paint over the stain will simply give it a tacky surface. 

How do you waterproof a pergola?

Obviously, a pergola covered with open lattice isn’t going to be waterproof, so to enjoy your pergola on a rainy days, you need a cover that will keep you and your pergola dry. 

  • A Fabric Top: There choices of waterproof fabric are endless and when secured with metal grommets, will give your pergola a stylish look but make it easy to remove for winter’s ice and snow. 
  • A Waterproof Cover: If you don’t want pergola maintenance of removing the cover before winter ice and snow arrives, there is the choice of a metal top which will withstand those elements without any problem. However, there will be some pergola maintenance required with painting the cover annually to keep it looking good, unless rust is the look you’re going for, which is acceptable for the outdoors. 
  • A Shade Sail: A shade sail is affordable and convenient way to shade your pergola with style. Sail shades can be stretched over the pergola, a deck, even between trees or across your pool. With various sizes as small as 6 foot by 6 foot and as large as 24 foot by 24 foot, you could entertain covering your entire backyard! 
pergola with a wood bar

How do you clean a pergola?

Regardless which material you choose for your pergola, wood, metal, or vinyl, you’re going to want to keep it looking good, so some pergola maintenance, like cleaning is needed periodically. 

A general cleaning is all you’ll need and that can be done with a general purpose cleaner, warm water, and a soft brush. 

You simply need enough to clean away any debris and dirt that has collected over the seasons. This also provide the opportunity to inspect your pergola and make any notes for repairs needed, typically for a wooden pergola. Look for any cracks developing and use the same stain to touch it up to keep your pergola looking good. .

A pergola will give any size backyard a touch of style and will provide your family and guest hours and years of entertainment. Create an outdoor kitchen under your pergola or a place to sit and relax, the choices are many and they’re all yours to decide!  

Can a pergola have a solid roof?

Typically, the intention of a pergola is to be open to the outdoors. They are usually an open frame of rafters above, but as we mentioned earlier, there are covers that you can install if you choose to cover the roof.  Using one of the fabric options is a preferred way because it leaves the pergola open to the sky and outdoor beauty. Adding a solid roof makes a pergola a shack of sorts. Call (817) 506-7722 today for pergola restoration in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX.

What Can I Use to Clean My Deck?

Deck Cleaning With Pressure Washer.

What can I use to clean my deck?

Your deck brings you hours of enjoyment. Treat it well with regular maintenance, including cleaning it, and you’ll enjoy your deck for years to come. Deck cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated, and usually all you need is a broom, a scrub brush, some kind of cleaner, and maybe a putty knife to clear crud from between the cracks. Usually, most deck cleaners that you can buy are safe to use but you can also use a mixture of warm water and bleach or distilled vinegar. If you are cleaning a larger portion of your deck, buy or rent a pressure washer instead of scrubbing the whole deck with a brush. Once you get the deck cleaned up, you’ll want to stain or seal it. For a professional-looking cleaning and deck staining in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX, give Pro Seal Restoration. Cleaning and staining decks is one of our specialties. Set up an appointment today by calling (817) 506-7722.

How often should you clean your deck?

At the very least, you should clean your deck at least once per year. You might want to clean it more frequently—maybe two or even three times per year—if it gets a lot of traffic and use throughout the year, especially when children and pets are involved. Spills and muddy paws can quickly add up to a mess that can leave your deck looking bad and lead to stains or even damage.

Other reasons for more frequent deck cleaning include having a deck on the north side of your house or a deck heavily shaded by trees and bushes. Decks on the north side of the home tend to be more prone to moisture because the wood doesn’t dry as quickly in a typically more shaded area. All that extra moisture leads to algae, mold, mildew, and more dirt. Trees are going to leave behind twigs, leaves, limbs, and sap to clean from the deck.

Should you pressure wash a deck?

Using a pressure washer for deck cleaning is particularly good when you’re cleaning the whole deck and not just a small area. Still, it is possible to cause some damage: Wood fibers can become raised when the wood gets wet. This can cause splinters, especially on handrails. If you are just cleaning your deck, you can remove any raised areas with a sander. If you are staining the deck, you will need to sand it after washing before applying the stain.

Is it better to sand or power wash a deck?

When you’re prepping your deck for staining or sealing you will either sand or pressure wash the deck. Sometimes you might need to do both. Before prepping, you’ll need to identify the type of wood you have and assess its condition. Softer woods like cedar will require light pressure washing as well as sanding, while you only want to sand pressure-treated wood because washing can release arsenic into the water, contaminating anything the spray hits.

When assessing the wood, the following variables affect whether you sand or pressure wash or do both:

  • Sand and then pressure wash splintered, cracked, or rough wood.
  • A deep deck cleaning using a cleaner and thick-bristled brush is required for wood with deep grooves and moss or mold growing in it. Treat the wood with the cleaner first before brushing the debris away.
  • Pressure wash any smooth wood that simply faded or showing slight wear. Follow up with a light sanding to get rid of fuzz or raised grains.

How do I clean my deck without a pressure washer?

If you are just cleaning small areas of your deck, you don’t need a power washer. Instead, deck cleaning involves just these three steps:

  • Sweeping the deck and clearing the cracks with a putty knife.
  • Scrubbing the wood with a brush using either a deck cleaner or a mixture of bleach and warm water.
  • Applying stain or sealer.

How do I naturally clean my wood deck?

If you want to avoid using a chemical deck cleaning liquid or a bleach and water mixture, you can use natural ingredients that will sufficiently clean your deck. Distilled white vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner. Add 1 cup of vinegar to a gallon of water to make a suitable mixture.

Will deck cleaner kill grass?

When using chemical deck cleaning liquids, you will need to take care to keep the cleaner off your grass. Some cleaners contain toxins like lye and chlorine that will kill your grass. Oxygen-based bleaches or vinegar and water work as substitutes.

How do I get green algae off my wood deck?

There are several deck cleaning options available if you want to get rid of algae growing on your deck. There are, of course, products specifically designed to remove moss and algae, but some can be pricey. Two common household products—hydrogen peroxide and distilled white vinegar—also can be used. Peroxide doesn’t kill the algae, it just lifts it off the surface of the deck to scrub away. Vinegar and water will do the same.

A Man Wipes Down a Deck.

Deck cleaning service

If you are planning to stain your deck and are looking for a reliable and professional deck cleaning and staining service in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX, you can expect exceptional service from Pro Seal Restoration. We will get your deck thoroughly cleaned, using the right cleaners and materials for your it that won’t damage your wood. Book an appointment with us today by calling (817) 506-7722.

How to Paint a Wooden Fence

hand worker holding brush painting white on wood fence

Learn More About What’s Involved in Painting a Wooden Fence

Painting your wooden fence can be an enjoyable experience with the number of color options available to match with your style preferences. However, beyond aesthetics, there are numerable maintenance, initial application details, and paint selections that should be taken in mind depending on the type of wood you have for your fence. It’s important to get familiar with your paint options and care responsibilities before committing to an application of paint. If you’d like to learn more about what’s involved before you paint a wooden fence than get in touch with your local fence company today for more information. Until then, here is some general background information regarding painting a wooden fence that may prove useful to you.

What kind of paint do you use on a wooden fence?

The type of paint to use when you need to paint a wooden fence is oil based paint as it is considered the most durable option. Make sure to do a test run by priming and painting a small part of the fence a bit out of the way and let it dry for 24 hours. This will allow you to see if you’re satisfied with the results and change the paint if need be.

Do I need to prime a wood fence before painting?

Bare wood and especially wood that’s outside should be primed before being painted. Primer will essentially allow for a better surface for paint to adhere to while protecting the wood. When you need to apply primer you’ll use the same methods as you would when you paint a wooden fence. Make sure to have you primer dry completely before paint application.

What kind of brush do you use to paint a fence?

You may be able to use a roller or hand brush to paint a wooden fence. Before you apply primer you can use a hard bristle hand brush to sweep away the dirt and debris from all areas of the fence. While you’re at it, it’ll also be a good idea to sweep away any leaves and grass cuttings from around the base of the fence so that nothing interferes if wind hits while painting.

hand with paintbrush painting wooden fence with brown paint

How do you prepare a wooden fence for painting?

  1. Trim grass and other vegetation in the areas around and at the base of the fence.
  2. Clean any cobwebs, dirt, or debris from around the fence.
  3. Power wash the fence. Use a mix of 1 part bleach and 1 part water to remove mildew or mold spots. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  4. Scrape off the old paint. If you’re dealing with a re-paint layer, then you should consider sanding it down.
  5. Check for termite infestation or damage.
  6. Tape all hardware and hinges, tightening any loose parts as you go.
  7. Place a tarp, drop cloth or plywood pieces around the fence area to protect nearby sidewalk, driveway, lawn, etc.

Does painting a wood fence make it last longer?

When you paint a wooden fence or stain it you are helping your fence have a longer life and look more pleasing to the eye. Essentially both will protect the wood from rot, wear, tear and insects. Particular woods, like cedar, however won’t work well with paint (as it doesn’t allow this type of wood to breathe) and staining is more recommended. In general staining a fence will allow for deeper absorption than paint as it won’t chip or peel down the line. Keep in mind that the climate of the area you live in will affect the life of the paint as well. 

Is it better to stain or paint a fence?

It will depend on what your goal is when it comes to staining versus painting a fence. The stain will be more forgiving than paint, you won’t have to work as hard to get a uniform color, you’ll only need one coat, and you may not require a primer. If you have a rough-hewn or textured fence stain will work better than paint as it enhances the raw wood’s natural texture and beauty. Stains will also not crack, peel, or blister over time. There has been an increased number of stain selections with manufacturers and you may choose anything from clear, opaque, to a hint of color. Another coat will be required every 3 years at the very least.

Can you paint over old fence paint?

Yes, you may be able to paint over old fence paint yet make sure to sand the fence lightly first to remove any dirt, loose bits of wood, and weathered stain before a new application. Keep in mind that you can’t stain over paint but you can paint over a stain.

How long does paint last on a fence?

Paint will be able to last anywhere from five to nine years with its thick barrier against weathering. With this long of a time it’ll possibly chip with the toner and the semi-transparent will fade. 

How often should a fence be painted?

You should paint a wooden fence every three to five years depending on sun exposure or watering practices.

How do I keep my wooden fence from rotting?

If you wish to prevent your wooden fence from rotting you must first understand what wet rot and dry rot are. Consider rot when choosing fence materials and types of wood as some react differently than others. Stain your fence to allow for better protection and absorption. Clear your fence of debris. When rot-affected sections appear replace that area so it doesn’t spread over to other areas.

Contact Your Local Fence Company For Assistance

When it comes time to paint a wooden fence get into contact with a professional fence restoration company in order to get the right guidance on what may be done with your fence. Trained experts will be able to determine the right kind of paint for your wood type and climate. Create a nice aesthetic for your property with a clean and uniform paint job. 

If you need to paint a wooden fence in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX call Pro Seal Restoration at (817) 506-7722 today! 

Should You Paint an Iron Fence?

Iron fence in black

If you have an iron fence, would you want to and why paint an iron fence?

Although it may keep critters in or out, depending on how you’re looking at it, an iron fence is more of an architectural design feature. They accent a home while providing the border layout, and iron fence painting keeps it looking good. 

Most iron fence painting is done in black, is the most basic and common color, or white. However, it is your home and if allowed within the jurisdiction you reside, you can choose any color you want for your iron fence painting project. 

Iron fencing may be used in areas other than a decorate border around a home. There are smaller iron fence sections for gardens and other outdoor architecture. Not just to paint for the décor purpose, but you may have the need for Iron fence painting and repairs, because everything will need some attention at some point, including iron fencing. 

And like everything, there are pros and cons of iron fence painting too. Wrought iron fencing isn’t anything new, it has been around for years and is a favorite among many homeowners. It is a beautiful, classic feel and look that is timeless.

With all of that said, there are some pros and cons to having an iron fence, painting  being one of them. The con: They need to be painted periodically to maintain the look. The pro: They can be painted any color that you desire to blend, match, or be a total offset of your home’s appearance. 

The Cons: 

  • Inspection: Here in Texas, we don’t need to be as diligent as they are in northern states, but you should do a monthly inspection of your iron fence, painting may be needed and more as you will read about next. 
  • Rust: Iron fencing is going to require maintenance and a wire brush will be your best friend when it comes to this task. Iron fencing will rust and rust spreads. Do monthly checks of your iron fence for rusted area and clean them immediately, the repaint that specific area. 
  • Clean: For your iron fence to withstand the test of time, along with that monthly inspection, you need to clean it regularly. If your iron fence painting and finishing job is in good condition, you can do a simple wipe with a wet towel. If you come across bird droppings and animal excretion, you’ll need to use paint safe soap with water and a stiff brush to get it clean then rinse with clear water. If your iron fencing is near a road that is salted during the winter for ice, make sure to clean off any salt that gets on your iron fencing to keep the salt from corroding the fence. 

The Pros: 

  • Tough: Iron fencing is an extremely durable fencing. When they have been painted and coated correctly, corrosion and deterioration aren’t going to be a worry.  They can withstand heavy, high winds, it takes a tree limb falling on it to cause damage. 
  • Beauty: As we stated earlier, iron fencing is a beautiful, classic, timeless look that accents any architectural style. You’d be hard pressed to find another fence type that has the elegance of an iron fence. Painting them any color you desire, from the standard black or white to any color that blends or matches the trim on your home. 
  • Painting: We’ve mentioned this a few times, and we can’t stress it enough. A professional iron fence painting job will extend the beauty of your iron fence for years. It makes it easy to keep up and maintain. Today, you can have the iron fence look with other materials like galvanized steel. Have that same beautiful look with the same curb appeal, but the weathering worries are put aside. 

How do you prepare a wrought iron fence for painting?

Over time, the paint on an iron fence will deteriorate from being exposed to the elements and surroundings. This requires iron fence painting every year or two to maintain that curb appeal you desire. Before you start your iron fence painting project, the fence needs prepping first. 

  • Off with The Old and Rust: First step is removing the old peeling paint and any rust that has started. This can be done manually with a wire brush or with a sandblaster. There are products available that remove paint and rust too. No matter what method you choose,  removing the old, peeling paint and any rust is essential in having a good finish. 
  • Clean It Off: Next step in prepping your iron fence painting project, wipe down your iron fence with a clean, dry rag to remove any loose dirt, paint, or rust.  You don’t want any loose paint or rust when you start applying the new coat of paint. 
  • Protect the Area: Whether you decide to apply a primer or go right to iron fence painting, you need to protect the surrounding area first.  Using a clean, dry, old cloth or a plastic tarp, lay it out around the surrounding area so the primer or paint won’t get on any exposed areas. Cover any flowers, plants, or steps too. 
  • Prime It: Experts recommend applying a rust inhibitive primer before you begin your iron fence painting. This optional, but highly recommended so that you won’t have to worry with spot painting with each monthly inspection. 

What is the best paint for iron fence?

You need an exterior-grade enamel paint that has a rust inhibiting ingredient. Do not use an ordinary exterior paint or your iron fence painting project, it will start to chip soon, and you’ll be repeating your iron fence painting project sooner than later. 

We don’t promote specific brands for profit, but most professional paint contractors recommend Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Paint. The coverage is excellent and dries in two to four hours.

What is the best way to paint a wrought iron fence?

Over time, being exposed to the elements, iron fence painting will need to be done to repair the blemishes and pitting and remove the rust. Or maybe, your iron fence looks fantastic, you just want to change up the looks. 

Either way, knowing how to paint an iron fence is important and we have collected some hints and steps to help you with your iron fence painting project: 

  • One: Do your iron fence painting on a dry, warm day. The fence should be dry, the humidity low and temperature 50 degrees or higher. 
  • Two: You have already followed our suggested steps for prepping at this point. If not, this is the time to prep the iron fence and surrounding area as we described.
  • Three: If you’re going to apply a primer to prior to your iron fence painting, now is the time. Use a primer that is specifically for metal and has a rust-inhibitor. An aerosol primer is recommended, but if you brush it on, apply two coats. 
  • Four: Again, spray painting is recommended, and to minimize the need to repeat your iron fence painting job again too soon use one that is rust-inhibiting paint. Hold the spray can between eight to twelve inches way and apply several light coatings. 

Will painting over rust stop it?

Basically, rust is weak, so apply a good quality of paint over it will stop it from spreading, but you need to use a wire brush or mid-grade sandpaper and remove the rust first.

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Can I spray paint a metal fence?

An iron fence painting job, spray paint is recommended by professional paint contractors. Other types of metal fencing is a different matter.  Spray painting a chain link fence will result in overspray. Professional painting contractors recommend using a brush on the posts and a roller on the chain. 

Iron fencing is a beautiful addition to any home, regardless of the age or style of the home. It may take some regular maintenance, but it is well worth the effort and time to keep this beautiful finishing touch looking good. Call (817) 506-7722 today for your iron fencing needs.

Should You Stain or Paint Shutters?

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What is shutter stain?

Wood stained shutters on a home’s exterior can make the difference from a plain to a house with architectural style. They are that finishing touch that gives the curb appeal of a home that “pop” and makes it stand out from the others, especially when they are stained shutters

Stained shutters aren’t just for curb appeal, though. They can be a useful addition to a home in a variety of ways. Working shutters can protect the windows during active weather seasons like hailstorms and hurricanes. They can be used to control the amount of sunlight that shines into a home, and they offer a level of privacy and security. 

When deciding Shutter stain vs paint, remember that stained shutters won’t conceal the natural grain and blemishes of the wood. Stain soaks into the wood, and the natural knots and ridges are accented, whereas, with painted shutters, the paint sits on the shutters’ outer layer, providing color and cover for the surface. 

How do you stain outdoor shutters?

Wooden shutters are made from basswood typically, a light-colored wood from a variety of linden trees that will vary in shades. It is this that makes wooden shutters uniquely different from vinyl shutters. When you’re ready to create your stained shutters, the best place to do this is to hang them in an area that is clean and dust-free. Choose a time where you aren’t rushed, even if you have to do one shutter a weekend. For step-by-step how to shutter stain, keep reading.

How do you stain wood shutters?

To get that beauty that stained shutters provide a home’s exterior, follow these steps make it easy to do: 

Step One – Select the Stain and the Topcoat

Before you purchase the stain you’ll use, request to see a sample on scrap wood.  Remember, there is a variation in wood coloring, so what you see on the sample may not be exact to what you get on your finished stained shutters. For stained wood shutters, particle stain is recommended over a dye stain because of the UV resistance it provides. For the topcoat, polyurethane is sprayed for a more durable finish. 

Step Two – Choose Cloth Type 

Stain can be applied in many ways, but the manufacturer’s directions on the can is the best way, using a clean, lint-free cloth.

Step Three – Stirred, Not Shaken

Before you apply the shutter stain, it should be mixed thoroughly by stirring it and the stir throughout the process of staining every ten minutes.  

Step Four – Applying the Shutter Stain

Using a clean, lint-free cloth, rub the stain onto the shutter gently and in small areas. Excessive and vigorous rubbing causes the wood grain to rise. 

Step Five– Wipe off the Excess Stain

Once the stain has been carefully rubbed in, wait two to five minutes, allowing the stain to soak in, then using a new, clean, lint-free cloth, wipe away any excess stain on the shutters.

Step Six – Sanding the Wood

After the stain has dried, use a 250 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the shutters. 

Step Seven –Topcoat Time

Hang the stained shutters in a clean, dust-free area and brush on the topcoat, following the manufacturer’s directions.

How do you seal wood shutters?

It isn’t any secret that the climate and environment abuse the exterior of your home. From a constant beating of the sun and its UV rays to cold, humidity, and moisture conditions, and in Texas, that can be all in one day! Unprotected wood shutters will decay and rot quickly.

If you’re going to have stained shutters, there isn’t a need to seal the wood. The purpose of a sealer is to provide a layer of protection for the wood. A properly applied good paint or stain will do the job just as well and for many years. 

Do you stain cedar shutters?

Cedar is an all-time favorite for shutters and siding, mainly because it can be a maintenance-free option that provides a creative look for your home’s curb appeal. Cedar can look good left natural and allowed to weather, but cedar shutters that have been stained will keep them looking good and last longer. 

Can you stain plastic shutters?

Yes, using a thick gel stain that doesn’t drip and brush on, then wipe off. Have an old towel on hand just in case it does drip, then wipe off immediately if it does drip. 

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The Pros and Cons of Stained Shutters

Nobody can argue that stained shutters have that appealing architectural feature of a natural, rustic appeal. Warm and welcoming with a flavorful spark to any facade. Like anything, there are pros and cons to stained shutters, which you need to consider when choosing painted shutters or stained shutters: 

  • A Protectant: Stain isn’t as protective as paint, but it will provide sealants that will protect the natural wood from chips, cracks, and splintering. There are stains available that provide ultraviolet protection and preservative and penetrating stains that have repellent against fungicides and water. 
  • The Color Options: A wide range of colors and hues is available, allowing you to choose the one that best matches the architectural features of your home, including the siding color and time period.  
  • Bleeding Color: If wood stain isn’t allowed a sufficient drying time between coats, the watery substance will drip, run, and splatter. It shouldn’t be applied in inclement weather, and the shutters should be removed from the house before staining. A topcoat is a must to keep the stain from bleeding and provide a layer of protection. 
  • Weather Proofing: Stained shutters will have chemicals and ingredients that make them weather-resistant, but painted shutters are longer-lasting because the paint is a coating instead of soaking in like stain. 

Get started on your shutter stain today. Call Pro Seal Restoration at (817) 506-7722 for your stain needs.

What is the best type of fence for cattle?

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The Best for Your Property

They say fences make good neighbors, but they also make an excellent tool for keeping cattle in place too. A cattle fence is as important to a rancher as a safe is to a banker. Bulls, cows, and horses are expensive, and whether it is a 10 acre ranch or a 1,000 acre ranch, it is important to keep them together. Dial (817) 506-7722 if you need help deciding on a cattle fence for your Fort Worth and Arlington, TX property.

From the roadside, for a non-ranching person, they may see cattle fences and gates as just fences and gates. For a rancher, there are two important characteristics to a good cattle fence: It provides a physical barrier and a visual barrier. There are three cattle fencing basics:

  • Barbed wire: The physical barrier is built in and is the most common cattle fence used and is five strand or three strand.
  • Woven wire: Provide both a physical and visual barrier that stands up to the cattle to keep them from destroying the fence.
  • High tensile smooth wire: This is an economical way to electrical fence that is durable, can stand the pressure of 1,000 pound livestock, and requires little maintenance while providing a lifespan up to thirty years. 
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How do you build a cattle fence?

Raising cattle is a lot of work and it begins with good a good cattle fence. Building and maintaining a durable cattle fence can be difficult, especially if you’re on a budget, but it is possible. You don’t want to waste your money and time building a fence that isn’t for the species of animal you will be keeping. You don’t use cattle fencing panels if you’re keeping chickens or goats. Of all the cattle fencing ideas that are possible, the crucial one is to make sure any fence you install is “goat-tight and bull-strong”. For the sake of this article, we will use barbed wire cattle fence. 

A cattle fence can be a simple barbed-wire or high-tensile fence and is only as good as the posts you set. Choose a durable, treated wood post or metal post. Wood posts are as small as four inches wide and as large as eight inches wide by eight feet long. The barbed wire you’re using should be a taut barbed wire that can take heavy pressure, and the post should be no less than two feet in the ground. 

Start your cattle fence by digging holes for the post. Place a post in each hole and the fill with concrete around it.  Posts should be at least eight feet apart and no more than fifteen feet apart. The corner and end posts should be braced so they aren’t pulled down when stretching the barbed wire taut. Each end posts should be braced by nailing a horizontal board between and adjacent to posts. The barbed wire should be stretched diagonally between each post, so they strengthen the corner post.   

How high should a fence be for cattle?

Cattle fence height should be no shorter than forty-eight inches tall with fifty-four inches being the recommended. This will keep the cattle from going over the fence (provided you made the posts strong and the barbed wire taut).

How far apart should T posts be?

T-posts are used to support the barbed wire for cattle fence and is relatively inexpensive and installation is easy. With the corner posts in place, stretch a guideline between the corner post to ensure the T-posts will be in a straight line, 8 to12 feet apart for a 6 wire barbed fence. 

Each T-post should be placed perpendicular with the fence line and the anchor plate at the bottom. Whether you are concerned with keeping livestock in, they’ll be putting pressure and stress on the fence. You want the studs facing inward. 

Each T-posts should be buried 24 inches deep so that the anchor is completely buried to keep the cattle from pulling them up. As you install the posts and lines, keep a check that the line is straight. The barbed wire should be securely fastened to the studs, so they aren’t able to move up, down, or away.

How do you attach cattle panels to T posts?

Attach cattle panels to fourteen gauge wire in five inch lengths wrapped around the T-posts withfencing pliers. To secure the corners, wrap 4-foot-long lengths around the two panels continuously.

How do you build a barbed wire for a cattle fence?

Once you’ve measured out the area you’re fencing in, sink a pole at each corner in a straight line. Then place poles in between those corners in eight foot intervals as we described above, and no less than two foot deep for a four foot high fence. Rule of thumb is to bury the post half as deep as you want it high. Place a pole in the hole, fill with concrete, the pack dirt on top of the concrete, tapping down with a wooden pole.

Stretch your barbed wire, pulling taut constantly, stretched around curves. The line should be secure and tight between each post. Remember, there will be 1,000 pound cattle leaning on this cattle fence. Tack the wire in place against each poles with the straightest and strongest poles for corners.

Next, you want to brace the corners and gates with cross-braces. A simple brace method is to set a pole diagonally into the upright pole, then drive a pole-section stake into the ground at bottom end of the diagonal pole.

Now time for the barbed wire. Start with the bottom strand and go around the posts, working upward to make a three-strand or five-strand cattle fence. Secure at the corner posts with to u-nails on each strand, wrapped several times around each post.

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End Of The Day

Or at the end of building your cattle fence, remember it is only as strong as the corners and the posts. Those are the two areas of a cattle fence that you don’t want to be money or time budget stingy with. Connect with Pro Seal Restoration when you are ready for a cattle fence in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX. We’re available at (817) 506-7722 now!

What is the Best Stain for a Deck?

What is the Best Stain for a Deck?

If you need a deck stain for your patio, it will be important for you to review all of your best options. Please review the following ideas for your deck stain.

  • Sikkens Cetol Dek Finish.
  • Cabot Decking Stain 1480.
  • Sikkens Cetol SRD.
  • Cabot Semi-Transparent Deck and Siding Stain 6300.

While these options are rated highly, it is urgent for homeowners to consult with a professional deck staining company. Due to the nature of the work, a professional deck staining company will have the best industry-standard options for your location and the needs of your deck.

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Which Deck Stain Lasts the Longest?

Are you looking for a deck stain that has lasting longevity? If you are vacillating between different deck stains, it’s important to keep in mind that solid stains last the longest. Most solid deck stains last at least three years. According to leading articles, Behr has a stain that has great longevity. It is the Behr Solid Color Deck, Fence and Siding Wood Stain. While it is important to understand which brands and kinds of wood stains are preferable, it is also important to consult with a live professional. He or she will be able to go over your options and give you the most professional deck stain possible.

What is the Best Stain and Sealer for a Deck?

There are lots of great deck sealers available on the market. If you would like to review your options with a professional, your best call is to a local authority on which stains and sealers are best for your location. A damper location may require a different sealant than a more arid location. One of the best deck sealers on the market is the Thompsons Waterseal Advanced Natural Wood Protector. Another excellent option is the ECO-SAFE Wood Treatment – Stain and Preservation by Tall Earth. When researching your options, it will also be important to review the list of ingredients in your wood stain to find out more about what materials are being used and will be used for your deck stain.

Is it Better to Stain or Seal a Deck?

It’s important to recognize that surfaces such as decks, wood siding, fences, and more need a protecting coating, which will help the wood from weathering so fast. According to leading experts, many deck companies recommend using a product that is a combination stain and sealer. These products are basically a sealer with pigment added. The sealer provides added protection against the weather elements and the damage that is caused by wind, rain, and snow. Conversely, the stain will help reduce the fading that is caused by ultraviolet rays.

How Many Coats of Deck Stain Should I Use?

Are you wondering how many coats of deck stain you should use? Generally speaking, only as much deck stain should be applied for how much will be absorbed. This will mean about two coats of deck stain. This is generally the case except for instances where the hardwoods are extremely dense. In such cases, they may only be able to absorb one coat of wood stain.

Why Did My Deck Stain Peel

Are you wondering why your deck stain is peeling? Well, it’s important to consider how the deck stain was installed. There are two main reasons for why this occurs. A deck stain will peel because of over application and poor adhesion. This is actually quite simple to understand. Too much strain on the surface of the wood will restrict the moisture from evaporating away. In such cases, peeling can occur. That’s why it’s important to only use a professional deck staining company whenever possible for such projects.

Is Deck Stain Waterproof

If you have invested in a deck sealer, that is an excellent preventative measure that you have taken to protect your wood deck. It should be noted, however, that a deck sealer will not protect your deck entirely from sun damage. Sun damage and weather damage can create a truly negative impact on the wood, which is why it is important for it to be sealed and treated according to the wood stain or sealer manufacturer’s instructions. A deck stain will have the same water-resistant qualities as a deck sealer, but it also has pigment or tone, which gives it an added aesthetic edge.

Is Deck Stain a Sealer

If you are wondering whether a deck stain is a sealer, the answer may surprise you. A deck sealer is known to be a clear or transparent finish that penetrates into the wood. It can also form a clear film on top. Alternatively, a deck stain has pigment, which can darken or lighten the wood tone accordingly.

Deck stain

How Often Deck Stain

Many professional wood stainers recommend that homeowners have their horizontal surfaces restrained every two to three years. According to your weather climate and the usage, this estimate may vary. The best way to find out what is best for your wood deck is to speak with a professional wood stain company.

If you need a proper deck stain in Fort Worth and Arlington, TX, please feel free to give our team a call at (817) 506-7722. We can review your best options and give you the best service possible.

How do you fix a broken garage door?

wooden stained garage door

What maintenance does a garage door need?

The garage is an important feature of any home. It is extra storage space, a workshop, a hobby room, a lawn equipment room, or a place to keep your vehicle. That is just the inside. Just like your home, the outer appearance of your garage, like an aged and worn look or a damaged garage door, can affect your home’s curb appeal. 

A garage door normal wear and tear can make the door look abused and old, but there are ways to avoid this. It is to this note, we are going to discuss garage door damage, garage door wear, and tear, and why keeping your garage door maintained is just as important as the rest of your home.

Even though most days we enter the garage several times, most don’t think about the maintenance of the garage door, until there is garage door damage. Like many other aspects of a home, garage door maintenance should be a routine, once or twice a year. Why? Because it is used so much.

Especially one with an automatic garage door opener because of all the stress it goes through each time it is opened and closed. An inspection can take about an hour to ninety minutes, well worth the money you’ll save by not having to replace it or pay a professional to repair garage door damage.  

If you choose to do the inspection yourself, here is a 10-step routine to follow that a professional contractor will typically follow:

  • The Tracks: Inspect the tracks and clear out any debris and rust. Make sure they are plumb with each other and make any adjustments needed. Jammed or rusted tracks are often the culprit behind garage door damage.
  • The Hardware: An average garage door is opened and closed hundreds, even thousands of times every year, the motion and the vibration can loosen any hardware on the door or track. Inspect the door track brackets on the ceiling, wall, and the fasteners that anchor the garage door opener to the frame. Tighten any loose bolts as necessary. A loose bolt in any of these areas can cause severe garage door damage, damage your car, or severely injure anyone.
  • The Rollers: The rollers are located along the garage door edge and do a lot of work. They should be inspected annually and replaced every five years. During the inspection, look for any chips, cracks, or worn looking rollers. Replacing them is simple and can be done by the homeowner except for the bottom roller bracket. This is under tremendous tension and should only be replaced by a professional garage door contractor. A lot of garage door damage could be avoided if a regular inspection had been performed on the rollers.
  • The Cables and Pulleys: The lift cables and pulleys are attached to the bottom roller brackets and connect the springs and door to help raise and lower the door. When these are broken or worn, garage door damage and possible injury are possible. There are extension springs and tension springs, both are under extreme tension and should only be repaired or replaced by an experienced garage door contractor.
  • Clean and Paint or Stain: As you inspect the garage door system, examine the door itself. If it is a metal door that is steel, look for rusted spots. These should be sanded, primed, and the door repainted. If you’re looking to improve the looks of the door, you can find videos online that will show you ways for staining garage door to look like wood. This look will add to the curb appeal of your home. 
  • Apply Lubrication: All moving parts of the garage door should be kept lubricated to reduce stress and extend the life of your garage door and to prevent any garage door damage. You can purchase a high-quality spray white lithium grease and apply it twice a year to keep your garage door moving easily. This should be applied to the extension-spring opener pulleys, the torsion-spring opener bearings, and if your garage door has a metal chain or any screws, apply the grease on them. DO NOT GREASE the belt-drive opener.
  • Door Balance: A garage door that isn’t perfectly balanced has to work harder, shortening its lifespan and possibly causing garage door damage. It shouldn’t take more than a few pounds to raise a door and you can test this on an automatic opener by pulling the release handle, then open the door manually. Once open, the door should stay with no help. If it doesn’t, this indicates the door is off balance and the springs should be replaced. Because of the intense pressure garage door springs are under, this should only be done by a professional garage door contractor.
  • Auto-Reverse Feature: There is an auto-reverse to every automatic garage door opener that stops it from closing if the sensors detect something is in the path. They have designed this to save lives and prevent car and garage door damage. This can be tested by placing a 2×4 board where the garage door will come down, then push the button to shut the door. If it does not raise back up once it touches that board, then the sensors need cleaning or replacing.
  • The Weatherstripping: Garage doors have rubber weatherstripping placed along the bottom of the door to keep cold, dirt, dust, and water out. Twice a year check this stripping and replace it if broken, cracked, or missing. This is an easy replacement for a homeowner, and you can find the weatherstripping at any home improvement store.

Cleaning Tips

  • If the garage doors are fiberglass, you can clean them with any all-purpose cleaner and a water hose. You can find videos online to upgrade the look of fiberglass doors too. 
  • If your garage has wood doors, check for water damage and warping. If the door has been painted, you’ll want to sand off any chipped or peeling paint the repaint. Or consider garage door staining instead of painting.
  • Staining a garage door can bring out the architecture style of your home and increase the value of your home. There are instructional videos online to show you how to stain a garage door. After all of this is done, make sure there is weatherstripping along the bottom once the paint or stain is dry. 

What is included in a garage door tune up?

A garage door system is complex and intricate, and when the inexperienced is working with them, they are dangerous to that person (s) and the possibilities of garage door damage are possible. For the safety of everyone involved, we always recommend you have your garage door serviced by an experienced contractor. A tune-up for a garage door will include the following:

  • A diagnostic inspection of the counterbalance, door sections, hinges, rollers, track, and weather seals.
  • Inspect and tighten bolts and screws
  • Rebalance door if necessary
  • Inspect and adjust garage door travel and safety settings
  • Lubricate chains and sprocket
  • Test down force pressure
  • Check electronic sensors are aligned and working
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How often should you replace a garage door?

This can all depend on the frequency you enter and exit the garage, but the typical lifespan average is 10 to 12 years. If your garage door is still in working order after 12 years, it should be replaced by the 15th year. How do you know if you should repair any garage door damage, repaint, or stain it or replace the door other than the age of the door? The following is a guideline to follow:

  • Fifteen years old – replace the garage door. 
  • Severe Garage Door damage – Any of the garage door panels are bent, broken, even missing, replacing the door is recommended.
  • Frequent repairs – replace the garage door.
  • A dirty, rusted metal door – sand and repaint if the mechanisms are working.
  • A bent, warped metal door – replace it.
  • The wooden door that is warped or has split wood – if sanding, repairing split wood and repainting or re-staining won’t improve the appearance, replace the door.

Keep in mind, the garage door is as much a part of your home’s curb appeal as the front door to the house. Keeping it looking good and in proper working order after any garage door damage is sustained will add value to your home. Need staining to get your damaged garage door looking its best? Call (817) 506-7722 today.