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Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron fence designs provide both security and allure. They often incorporate masonry or brick pillars or gateposts. Wrought iron fences usually follow a gothic or British design. The iron pickets often have pointed, spear-like tops, which add to this motif and provide added security. There are a myriad of different iron fencing designs. While most follow the same general pattern, there are intricacies that are specific to different manufacturers.

Common Adornments

Common adornments to wrought iron fencing include rings between two top rails, finials (picket tops), which provide both appeal and safety from jagged
spear points, and custom pickets. Wrought iron gates are a prominent design feature. These gates stand out, usually via an arched design. Gates are sometimes custom-made and fixed with automatic gate openers.

Known for its elegant adornments and strength, wrought iron fencing provides an excellent perimeter for your home. It does, however, come with a hefty price tag, but many homeowners are so drawn to the beautiful wrought iron designs that they don’t mind the extra costs. Here is some more information.

Costs

Wrought iron, while durable, certainly doesn’t come cheap. On average, you can expect to pay between $50 and $250 per section depending on the size, style, and manufacturer. For help with purchasing and installation, get a free estimate from a licensed contractor.

Pros

Also easy to maintain, particularly if your wrought iron is painted.

Wrought iron fences are extremely durable—more so than wood or vinyl.

They are excellent at providing extra security.

Cons

Wrought iron fences are costlier than other types of fences.

May also be more expensive to install.

Wrought iron fences can be damaged by harsh weather conditions over time.

Durability

Considered one of the most durable fencing options out there, wrought iron fences can easily withstand the test of time—as long as they are properly maintained. However, if exposed to extreme long-term weather conditions, they are known to corrode.

Maintenance

The amount of maintenance required on a wrought iron fence depends, in large part, where the fence is located (climate, etc.), and how much wear and tear it will receive. In order to avoid rust, it’s important to apply a rust-resistant finish every couple of years. Small scratches can be taken care of with steel wool and wax.

Common Questions and Answers

What is the difference between iron fencing and wrought iron fencing?

The difference is mainly in the makeup. While iron fencing is a mix of steel and aluminum (and various other metals), wrought iron has stuck to the traditional material

What are some of the common adornments used on wrought iron fences?

Common adornments to wrought iron fencing include rings between two top rails, finials (picket tops), which provide both appeal and safety from jagged spear points, and custom pickets.

Wrought iron gates are a prominent design feature. These gat

History

Wrought iron was used as far back as the Middle Ages, and was the building material of choice for early skyscrapers. However, when mild steel came onto the market in 1856, the demand for wrought iron dropped because of its higher price tag.

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