Beauty and utility are some of our favorite concepts here at Networx, and a wrought iron fence combines the two in a very classy way. While its versatile good looks can run the gamut from upscale elegant to over-the-top ornate, fencing made from wrought iron also has a whole slew of practical advantages to offer you. Read on to find out 11 reasons why we love wrought iron fencing.
1. As an alloy, wrought iron has much greater rust resistance than pure iron, because it is mixed with a fibrous material called slag.
2. True, wrought iron can rust eventually. However, a simple paint job every 3-4 years -- or a more elaborate one each decade -- will keep it looking great.
3. Wrought iron fence is strong and extremely longwearing. In fact, it is known as "100-year fencing" due to its durability. It's also resistant to shock, denting, and bending.
4. Because of their strength, fences of wrought iron excel at various security functions. They can safeguard children and pets in your yard (although you will need to choose a style that precludes jumping or climbing in the former case and slipping out between too-widely-spaced bars in the latter). They may be used as a safety fence around your swimming pool. Finally, the tallest wrought iron barriers are excellent at keeping out intruders, whether human or animal.
5. A small (or large) portion of your wrought iron fencing can be repaired without any necessity to replace the entire fence.
6. Wrought iron is ductile, meaning that the metal can be shaped into a wide variety of artistic fence designs. This type of fence is a proud design feature, not just a boundary marker.
7. Working with wrought iron is an artisanal process. The iron is forged and hand worked ("wrought") with special tools to produce its distinctive decorative appearance. Of course, this high quality comes with a correspondingly high price tag. A less expensive alternative is molded iron, shaped by pouring molten iron into molds to form attractive shapes; it's nice, but simply does not have the cachet of handwork.
8. Wrought iron fencing is made in a wide range of styles which will complement any home decor, whether traditional or modern, formal or casual. It often boasts very elaborate scrolls, curves, and twists, in a charmingly nostalgic nod to its Victorian influence.
9. Wrought iron fence can be seen through. Some might consider this a disadvantage, but if you'd appreciate a modicum of privacy without walling yourself up like Sleeping Beauty, you may well appreciate the see-through effect. You won't be blocking out light or a gorgeous nearby view. When you're ready to sell your home, the iron's lace-like appearance will actually add to your home's curb appeal and property value, and afford a tantalizing preview of your house and grounds to would-be buyers.
10. For fencing within the bounds of your property, wrought iron accents the beauty of features such as gardens. Because the emphasis is on design rather privacy or security, this particular fence type does not have to be especially thick or tall but may instead measure between 1 and 3 feet, making it a less costly type of wrought iron fence installation.
11. Installing wrought iron fence is eco-friendly for a number of reasons. First, it does not need to be replaced frequently. Second, the material can be reused -- vintage or antique wrought iron fences, gates, railings and fence posts are very much in demand and may be bought and sold through antique shops or architectural salvage agents. Third, at the end of its useful life in its current incarnation, wrought iron can be recycled and should net you a pretty penny from a scrap metal dealer.
Laura Firszt writes for networx.com.