Throughout my stint residing in London, I developed a crush. On wrought iron fences. Stately, sturdy, and secure, what’s not to like? Although it’s considered the king of fence materials, wrought iron comes with trade offs. The expense and design may not be for everyone.
Read on for everything you need to know concerning wrought iron fences to determine if they’re best for you:
What is wrought iron?
Technically wrought iron is a extremely low carbon metal alloy (as compared to higher carbon, and more “fragile,” cast iron) that is very sturdy and pliable, historically making it the iron of preference for shaping. Due to manufacturing breakthroughs and cost concerns, wrought iron is no longer developed en masse. The term wrought iron now commonly is applicable to any iron (most typically mild steel) that is hammered, turned, or bent into shape – or appears as if it has.
Real wrought iron is a commodity nowadays. Since wrought ironwork is developed by hand, small irregularities (and hammer marks) are normally evident and valued as proof of the smith’s craft. While there may be small iron smiths that still craft solid wrought iron work, it is hard to find and difficult to finance.
What are the advantages of wrought iron fencing?
Long Lasting: Wrought iron is an extremely long lasting material that will endure for many many years. Unlike wood, it won’t dry out, rot, warp, or deteriorate quickly.
Strong: Wrought iron fencing is much stronger than some other common fencing materials. Because wrought iron is so hard to split, it is better than many other fences for safety purposes.
Wrought iron’s strength and toughness allow it to support plants (a built-in trellis).
Good Visibility: Wrought iron fencing styles have rails spaced apart for a thin profile that allows the backdrop to be the focus.
Elegant, Classic Style: Arguably the most stylish fencing material around, wrought iron could be custom made to be as simple or embellished as you like.