Throughout my stint living in London, I developed a crush. On wrought iron fencing. Stately, strong, and secure, what’s not to like? Although it’s considered the king of fence components, wrought iron comes with trade offs. The expense and design might not be for everyone.
Read on for everything you need to know about wrought iron fences to decide if they are right for you:
What is wrought iron?
Technically wrought iron is a very low carbon metal alloy (as compared to higher carbon, and more “fragile,” cast iron) that is really strong and pliable, over the years making it the iron of preference for shaping. Due to production breakthroughs and cost concerns, wrought iron is no longer developed en masse. The term wrought iron now generally applies to any iron (most typically mild steel) that is hammered, twisted, or perhaps bent into shape – or looks as if it has.
Real wrought iron is a commodity nowadays. Because wrought ironwork is forged by hand, small irregularities (and hammer marks) are usually evident and valued as evidence of the smith’s craft. While there might be small iron smiths that still craft solid wrought iron work, it is difficult to find and difficult to fund.
What are the benefits of wrought iron fencing?
Long Lasting: Wrought iron is an extremely durable material that will last for many years. Unlike wood, it will not dry out, rot, warp, or deteriorate quickly.
Strong: Wrought iron fencing is a lot stronger than other common fencing materials. Because wrought iron is so difficult to break, it is better than many other fences for security purposes.
Wrought iron’s strength and durability enable it to support plants (a built-in trellis).
Good Visibility: Wrought iron fencing designs have rails spread apart for a thin profile that allows the backdrop to be the focus.
Elegant, Classic Style: Arguably the most elegant fencing material around, wrought iron can be customized to be as simple or embellished as you like.