Hello everyone, here’s a summertime update of my corrugated metal fence built in 2013. The front of the fence includes tin ceiling tiles (purchased new and painted) and corrugated steel cut to fit into the fence in squares. The other three sides are sheets of corrugated metal. The whole fence has redwood posts and rails.
The aging process has been fun to watch, water in the form of rain, snow and sprinklers has brought out the rust in pleasing ways.
In any spot where the paint has chipped off the ceiling tiles, the rusting process begins immediately (see above picture). Good thing I like the rusty, aged look.
The tin ceiling tiles began to rust immediately, the corrugated steel has taken much longer. It’s barely rusted at all in areas where very little water hits the fence.
The wood has been stained 3 times over the years, at the rate of about every other year. If you looks closely, you can see where the metal close to the wood is less rusty and has been protected by the stain applied hurriedly by indentured, distracted, yet hard working teens.
I’ve always planned to make a tiny door for this opening within the big gate. It’s been low priority since we don’t have an animals that need to be contained, and as you can see- it’s still yet to be built.
After the gates were trashed in a wind storm (heavy winds happen frequently) I added the metal strapping to the backside of the gates. Best idea ever. The strapping saved the day, the gates are holding up great now. The only true weathering or warping is happening with the wooden elements. We don’t open the gates very often (2-3 times a summer) which probably helps keep them strong. When the gates are open, for as short a time as possible, we prop them up on blocks to support them on the sloping driveway.
We put a shipping container in the side yard for storage, hanging out or both. It goes well with the metal fence surrounding it. We love the aesthetic and the extra space.
In the other corner of the yard we put in a wooden pergola. Originally, there was a beautiful mountain view from this corner but then a neighboring house went in and blocked that view. The new house also blocks the strong winds that come from that direction. And the neighbors are really great, so we’ll take the trade off.
Even in the 5 years or so the metal has been exposed to the elements, very little rust shows in the areas not directly hit by the sprinklers, like this pergola corner.
To the right of the baby, follow the gravel path past the shed to the garden area on the south side of the house.
On the south side of the house are the raised beds garden spot. Corrugated plastic panels on two sections help let more light in.
As you can see, the non-painted sides of the tiles are very rusted. It will eventually rust through, much quicker (maybe 10 years) than the corrugated metal (maybe 100 years). The galvanized metal hardware is still looking good.
I was very skeptical about this corrugated plastic. I had nightmares of it turning yellow and breaking like I’ve remembered seeing at elderly houses throughout my life. But I really wanted as much sunlight as possible in this garden area. Since it’s basically invisible to both our neighbors and ourselves, no one spends time or is worried about the ‘look’ of things on this side of the house, we decided to go with the clear, weird corrugated plastic. As you can see- no yellow, no breaks and the garden grows well- I would do it again!
The tin ceiling tiles I bought had an extra flange on all sides. This worked in my favor as I bent them in on all sides and screwed right through the flange into the wood to hold the tiles in place. The tin tiles are also easy to cut and bend for fitting in smaller areas.
The view from the front of the house, on the garden side. As you can see, the only real wear is with the wood elements. Even with the treated redwood I hand-selected, there is still warping and twisting of the wood elements. That’s the nature of wood. As you can see, we wedged a 2 x 4 above the gate to keep the post on the right to keep from bending in, the wedged piece of wood has never fallen out.