The proliferation of DIY instructional videos and articles has given homeowners invaluable information that makes it possible to avoid hiring professionals during several home improvement projects, such as fence installation. However, some homeowners use materials in a way that can void the warranty of the product manufacturer. This article discusses some things that could void the warranty of your metal fencing materials.
Improper Use of the Materials
You could void the warranty of your metal fencing products in case you use them for a purpose that is different from the purpose for which those products were designed. For instance, it may not be acceptable for you to use the fencing sheets to make a DIY retaining wall. This is because prolonged contact with moist soil may cause the sheets to deteriorate rapidly. The manufacturer may then decline to respect the product warranty because you exposed the materials to conditions that those materials weren't designed to be exposed to. Avoid this mistake by using the product as it was intended to be used.
Repainting the Products
Manufacturers of metal fencing products usually make those products with ample colour and gloss protection mechanisms. Those design features may be hindered when you decide to repaint those fencing products in order to change their colour. This adverse effect may be caused by the incompatibility between your chosen paint and the ingredients of the coatings on the fencing materials. You should therefore paint the metal fencing materials when you are sure that those products are no longer under warranty. Alternatively, you can consult the supplier for advice on how to paint the products without voiding their warranty.
Incorrect Removal of Graffiti
Many homeowners have to deal with graffiti on their fence from time to time. Manufacturers of metal fencing products are usually aware of this problem. They consequently provide guidelines about how graffiti can be removed without affecting the integrity of the fencing products. It is advisable for you to desist from deviating from those recommendations on how to get rid of graffiti from your metal fencing products. Any deviation from the given instructions may void the warranty on those fencing materials.
Read the product literature that was given to you when you bought the metal fencing products. That information will guide you about the acceptable maintenance or repair practices that won't void the warranty on those products. Consult the manufacturer in case you are faced with a maintenance need that wasn't clarified within the product information that you received. That consultation will save you from unwittingly losing the warranty protection provided by the manufacturer.