Will Galvanized Welded Wire Fade Over Time?

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Old 09-15-16, 10:27 AM
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Will Galvanized Welded Wire Fade Over Time?

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We have all our posts in the ground for our planned 700 ft long 3 rail fence. We're using 4x4 PT posts with 3 2x6 PT rails. We are planning to use 4 ft welded wire between the rails and the posts. We bought a 50 ft roll from Lowe's and clamped it up with the rails to see how it looks. It is the Red Brand Silver Steel Welded Wire. Here is the link to it: Shop Red Brand Yard Garden and Kennel Silver Steel Welded Wire (Common: 50-ft x 4-ft; Actual: 50-ft x 4-ft) at Lowes.com

My question is whether or not we should expect this welded wire to fade over time (and how long that will take). It looks really good if you stand from a distance because you can't really notice the wire is there. However, if you're right up against it, it is pretty visible due to how shiny the wire is. Will this shine fade over time and become more dull (and therefore less visible)? We see welded wire fences everywhere in our neighborhood, but none of them look as shiny as what we have.

Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 09-15-16, 10:40 AM
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The shine will fade quite quickly as the galvanized fence gets dirty and discolors.
 
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Old 09-15-16, 10:51 AM
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Thanks for your response! I assume it will take on a duller grayish color? I assumed it would fade since we never see any shiny welded wire fences in the neighborhood. Here is how we're planning to affix it all together. If anyone sees anything wrong with this method, feel free to chime in! :-)

We'll attach one end of the wire to the corner post with stainless steel staples (to prevent rust streaking) and will then stretch the wire along the posts using this fence stretcher: YARDGARD 36 in. Galvanized Steel Hook Stretcher Bar with 3 Hooks-328753DPT - The Home Depot and a come along https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

I've heard that you don't want to attach the fence stretcher directly to the wire since it could cause the welds to break, so I was planning to get a steel rod like this (Everbilt 5/16 in. x 48 in. Plain Steel Round Rod-801607 - The Home Depot) to wrap the end of the fence around and then attach the fence stretcher to the rod. We'll attach the come along to a tree, stretch the fence, then affix the wire to the posts with staples. The rails will go over the wire and be affixed with 2 HeadLok screws per side per board (Fastenmaster 4-1/2" Headlok Screws 50/Box (FMHLGM412-50) - Contractor Pack / 5LB - Ace Hardware). We're also planning to staple portions of the wire to the rails so that it all stays flush.

Anything I'm missing here? Thanks again for the help!
 
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Old 09-15-16, 11:10 AM
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The welded wire will loose it's shine in the first year or so, eventually it will rust but that might take decades. Similar to what you might see a barn roof do.

It's been close to 40 yrs since I put up 2x4 fencing wire. What I did was sandwich the wire between two 2x4's bolted tightly together and then used a com along to pull the fence wire tight.
 
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Old 09-15-16, 11:37 AM
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Thanks marksr. Using bolted 2x4s does seem a lot more cost effective and should be pretty easy to put together. I assume I should use chains attached to each end that will go into a triangle to be attached to the come along?
 
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Old 09-15-16, 11:59 AM
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I disappointed with Red Brand welded fencing's corrosion resistance. The electro plating is rather thin and rust can appear within a year or two. I would go easy on the staples attaching your fence to make it easier to replace when needed.

As for stretching fence I use two pieces of 2x4. I put one piece of 2x4 on each side of the fence and bolt them together squeezing the fence between. This grabs the long wires and not just the welded verticals so there is less chance of damaging the fence.
 
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I assume I should use chains attached to each end that will go into a triangle to be attached to the come along
That will work, I think I had a piece of steel I bolted along with the rest that I pulled off of but most any set up that will give you an even pull will work.
 
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