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Iron Fencing

Iron fencing, or ornamental fencing, is a classic way to intensify the architectural beauty of a structure, be it residential, commercial, or industrial. Originally made from wrought iron, steel or aluminum are now
incorporated into production. Most commercial or industrial fences are made using rigid, welded, or assembled steel. Aluminum is more common for residential use.

Functional As Well As Ornamental

Residential iron fences range in height from 3’ to 6’ tall. They can be designed
with pickets above or below the top rail of the fence. Ornamental fencing, aside from its customized allure, is used to provide security in addition to keeping pets and children in the yard. You will also find them around hazards such as pools.

Gates and Regulation

As with any fencing type, the height and location of iron fences are typically regulated by local building codes. For industrial and commercial applications, fences are usually at least six feet tall.

Gates for iron fences not only enhance the beauty of the fence but are often themselves regulated where security and safety are concerned (e.g.,
around pools). Gates may be ordered to match or contrast the overall fence design and are often the centerpiece of the design. Electric operators are fairly common with iron fences for easy opening and closing. These are often self-closing and self-latching.

Iron fencing, or ornamental fencing, is a classic way to intensify the architectural beauty of a structure, be it residential, commercial or industrial. If you want your fencing to make a strong statement, then iron fencing might be the way to go. Here’s some more information.

Costs

When it comes to iron fencing costs, you can expect to pay between $21 and $30 per foot. This can vary depending on the style, level of customization, and quality of materials used. For help with purchasing and installation, get a free estimate from a licensed professional.

Pros

Iron fencing lends itself well to a variety of design styles.

Iron fencing is more durable than vinyl or wood.

It is excellent at providing security.

Cons

It requires regular maintenance.

Iron can rust over time.

Iron fencing is significantly more expensive than both vinyl and wood.

Durability

Iron fencing is considered very durable and will maintain its look for years to come—as long as you protect it from rust.

Maintenance

Iron fencing may require more maintenance than vinyl, but it’s no more difficult to handle than wood. Keep your iron fencing looking like new by washing it with soap and water, then waxing it. If it looks like the surface has been scratched, use a bit of steel wool.

Common Questions and Answers

What is the average height of an iron fence?

Residential iron fences range in height from 3’ to 6’ tall. However, as with any fencing type, the height and location of iron fences are typically regulated by local building codes. For industrial and commercial applications, fences are usually at least

History

Ornamental iron fences found their way to America from England during the Colonial era. While they were first used by only those rich enough to afford the expensive material, by the 19th century they were more widely produced and thus more widely available.

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