As the experts in residential fencing and commercial fencing for areas that include New Braunfels, Seguin, and beyond, we feel something of a civic duty when it comes to explaining the benefits and drawbacks of various fencing materials. That’s why we’ve taken the time to compile a brief summary as to what our own fencing company has to offer. Whether it’s privacy fencing, chain link fencing, decorative wrought iron, vinyl, split rail, board, picket, or a custom gate, we can handle it here at TNS Fence.
Yet we understand that many of our readers are not in the mode to jump right in when it comes to choosing a local fence contractor or even narrowing down a fence type for their home or commercial property. That is totally fine too. We get that this is an investment with multiple facets to it; you want your own fence to look great, function well, not cost too much, and last a very long time.
That’s why we’ve been taking the time, in our previous few posts, to highlight the differences between various fencing materials. In our most recent post, we examined the benefits and drawbacks of chain link fence installation. The one before that involved the pros and cons of wood and vinyl fencing. In case you are interested in either of those fence types for your own installation, we thought we’d clue you in, in case you missed any of our previous guidance!
Today’s post will continue with the current trend of offering our readers some fundamental advice, this time with regards to wrought iron fencing and its pros and cons. In today’s post we will examine what wrought iron fencing actually is, and why it is a popular choice for people in San Marcos, Seguin, Schertz, Cibolo, New Braunfels, and beyond!
What Is A Wrought Iron Fence?
The term “wrought iron” touches on both a type of metal used along with its process of formation. Wrought iron indicates that the material used is – get this – iron. But it’s not just any kind of iron, it’s more pliable and is less corrosive than more common iron. As a reminder, when something is corrosive, that means it breaks down more easily than it might typically. Wrought iron is both a generally used expression for the commodity, but it specifically used for finished iron goods.
Because it’s so pliable, it’s much easier to weld and forge using wrought iron. If you want to get more technical, it’s a mechanical blend of refined metallic iron that has low carbon content with up to five percent iron silicate, which is also called fayalite. This glassy silicate known as slag is the agent for change – the thing that turns regular iron into wrought iron. Wrought iron, like we said, is malleable and does not corrode easily. But when it inevitably corrodes to a certain degree, it does so evenly and lightly, providing an evenly dispersed rustic, brownish hue.
The Big Bad Con
Let’s start with the one and perhaps only con of wrought iron fencing – price. If you are wondering how much it costs to install a wrought iron fence, the answer will vary largely due to location and other factors. But, if we want to paint with a fairly large brush (we won’t apologize for a well-timed, industry-appropriate pun, ever), Home Advisor states the average price for your typical wrought iron fence installation is a few hundred dollars under $3,000. The typical range is between $1,000 and $4,000, but again, this doesn’t take into account the square footage of the particular project.
Likewise, such mean prices, as helpful as they are, a bit of an abstraction. If we find that the national average price for a wrought iron fence installation is, for example, $2,345.79, it is also true that it would be unlikely to find any project final figure to be exactly $2,345.79.
What are we talking about? Great question. We only mean to say that the cost of a wrought iron fence installation depends on your particular project that you have in mind. Even if you take to homesteads that are similar in scope, if one has complex configurations to consider (like multiple corners or intricate corners), the quote will be quite different.
Suffice it to say that wrought iron fencing and its price point is subject to change, but as a rule it is more expensive than other fence types. It’s an ideal fence type for custom fence projects and the like. But before we say too much in reference to its many benefits, let’s officially transition to the “Pros” section!
The Benefits Of Wrought Iron Fencing
For obvious reasons wrought iron fencing is a poor “privacy fence”. It is much better utilized as an ornamental, high-end fence type. But simply because it is usually decorative in nature, it does not follow that this fence type isn’t without its own heart and personality.
For one thing, wrought iron fences are very durable. You probably only need to check your wrought iron fence a couple times per year to make sure there aren’t any sections that require some light refinishing work. This is in contrast to most wood fences, which generally require more dedicated upkeep with regards to frequent touch-up repainting.
Most people wouldn’t typically connote a wrought iron fence, with its extravagant designs and intentional voids between beams, with security. You might actually guess that this kind of fencing is perhaps more fragile than your average fence. But in reality, wrought iron fences are very difficult to tear down, and likewise are difficult to traverse and scale, due to their often-used pointy spires. And if your wrought iron fence is of a decent height, it will be doubly difficult to climb, as beams used are generally thin and smooth.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a commercial or residential building that wouldn’t be improved with some decorative wrought iron fencing. This is truly a timeless fence style, irrespective of how the day’s trends are bending folks’ taste. But that isn’t to say that wrought iron fences are one-note at all. Rather, you can still have the popular wrought iron look that will never go out of style while still putting your own personal twist on the project. If that is modern flair, more power to you!
We at TNS Fence pride ourselves on our ability to bring our customers’ visions to life. We’ll take the time to listen to what you have in mind, and will even help brainstorm with you, should you be interested in some professional input. We’ve installed countless fences, and with that experiences comes a certain amount of wisdom. We have a passion for throwing our two cents in without taking creative control. It’s your fencing project, and we are the fencing contractors. But if you want a bit of advice from an experienced fencing company, we’re more than happy to offer it!
Reach out to us today if you are interested in a free quote from TNS Fence!