The look of ornate metal fences, whether it's surrounding your property or simply used as an eye-catching gate, can increase the home's curb appeal while providing security or safety. When most people think of metal fencing, they first think of wrought iron. While this is the traditional choice, newer aluminum options are also available. This guide can help you decide which is better for you.
Wrought iron fencing is sometimes sold as premade panels or you can have it custom welded to your design specifications. Just as the name implies, this fencing is made of iron. It is then painted, typically in black or white although you can have it done in any color desired.
Like any metal option, wrought iron is durable and long lasting. If you are willing to pay the price, it is relatively easy to have the fence customized in any way desired, including custom scrollwork or the inclusion of a monogrammed gate. The material is also strong enough that it can't easily be knocked down or cut through, which means it can provide ample security. This is good news whether you are trying to keep people out or keep children and pets from wandering off.
One of the chief concerns with wrought iron is that it can develop rust. Any damage to the paint finish, which will eventually occur due to weathering, allows oxygen and water to come in contact with the iron – and the result is rust. This means that regular maintenance, including removal of rust and repainting, is necessary. Another concern is the cost. Wrought iron, especially custom designs, can be pricey.
Aluminum fencing is visually indistinguishable from most wrought iron. It is typically sold in premade panels, although customization options are available. This is usually done via attaching custom post or picket caps, although it is possible to have custom items made, such as monogrammed gates. Much like wrought iron, aluminum fencing is most commonly available in white or black.
The primary benefit of aluminum, aside from its lower cost, is that it requires almost no maintenance. The finish is usually a powdercoat, similar to what is used on cars, so it won't peel or flake over time. Since it comes in premade panels, the fencing also goes up quickly and can even be installed by a dedicated DIYer.
Aluminum isn't as strong as wrought iron, so it can be bent and dented. This generally isn't a problem with fencing, but it is something to keep in mind if you are concerned about a car hitting the fence, for example.
Contact a fencing company in your area such as Veterans Tree & Fence for more help.