During my stint residing in London, I developed a crush. On wrought iron fences. Stately, sturdy, and safe, what’s not to like? Although it’s considered the king of fence components, wrought iron comes with trade offs. The expense and design may not be for everybody.
Read on for everything you need to know regarding wrought iron fences to decide if they’re best for you:
What is wrought iron?
Technically wrought iron is a extremely low carbon iron alloy (as contrasted to higher carbon, and more “fragile,” cast iron) that is very sturdy and pliable, historically making it the iron of choice for shaping. Due to production breakthroughs and cost issues, wrought iron is no longer produced en masse. The term wrought iron now commonly applies 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 today. Since wrought ironwork is forged by hand, small irregularities (and hammer marks) are normally apparent and valued as proof of the smith’s craft. While there may be small iron smiths that still create solid wrought iron work, it is tough to discover and difficult to fund.
What are the advantages of wrought iron fencing?
Long Lasting: Wrought iron is an exceedingly durable material that will endure for many many years. Unlike wood, it won’t dry out, decompose, warp, or deteriorate quickly.
Strong: Wrought iron fencing is a lot stronger than some other common fencing materials. Due to the fact wrought iron is so tough to split, it is better than lots of other fences for safety purposes.
Wrought iron’s strength and toughness enable it to support plants (a built-in trellis).
Great Visibility: Wrought iron fencing styles have rails spaced apart for a thin profile that allows the backdrop to be the focus.
Elegant, Classic Style: perhaps the most elegant fencing material available, wrought iron can be customized to be as simple or ornate as you like.