These days we expect a lot more from a fence than simply marking the boundaries of our properties. Our fences need to block the view for our privacy, reduce the street or other noises, and very importantly keep the property and those on it safe. The fence is the first line of defense, but it also needs to look good from the inside and the outside. The right fencing can compliment the style of your home and add to your property value and your home’s curb appeal.
One of the strongest and long-lasting materials around is wrought iron. It is not only strong but can also be shaped without losing strength. This makes this material perfect for customization with your imagination the only limitation. Besides being able to highlight the character of your home like no other, there are many benefits to selecting wrought iron fencing for your home as can be seen below.
1. It lasts
Wrought iron railings Chciago and fencing is extremely durable and is fondly referred to as the 100-year fencing choice. It is the low carbon content in wrought iron that makes it so much stronger than normal iron and makes your fencing last for decades. A wrought iron fence keeps its shape even if exposed to the elopements and it takes a lot of force to damage it. The changes of your wrought iron fence needing repair or replacement from normal usage is minimal.
You will also not be plagued by the rust and rot that comes with aluminum and timber fences as wrought iron has a protective coating with a very durable core making it immune to these problems. This will save you a lot of money and time over the years to come.
2. It requires very little maintenance
Wrought iron gates and fencing does not get damaged easily and does not suffer wear and tear from the elements. Unlike other forms of fencing, it requires very little attention and repairs. In the unlikely event that a part of your fence is damaged you are able to repair or replace that section of the fence only. There is no need to replace the entire fence or a big section.
The modern treated surface of wrought iron means that it is very easy and simple to clean and maintain. A simple hose down or wipe will keep them looking like new. Occasionally you might need to touch up the paint job once a year and with a new coat of rust-resistant paint your wrought iron fence will keep on looking like it was installed yesterday.
The time between paint jobs is determined by the amount and type of elements your facing has to endure. In milder climates your wrought iron fence will require almost no maintenance or attention at all to maintain its original condition. If you should see spots of oxidation forming that looks like rust all it takes is a little bit of sanding and a lick of paint. This takes hardly any time with great results.
3. It offers security
A major advantage of having a wrought iron gate and fencing is the degree of security it offers. Properly secured in the ground wrought iron fences are very difficult to cut through, torn down, or break. These fences do not fall over easily and can withstand a lot of physical pressure. They are perfect for keeping large unwanted animals out of your property and keeping your animals in. With a few additional components like speared finial or decorative spears or spikes you will keep intruders from climbing over your fence. You will keep unwanted people out and have a good-looking fence.
A secure fence also keeps your valuables and property in your yard including your children and pets. Selecting a style that prevents anyone from scaling or coming over it or fitting in between bars that are spaced too widely, is always a good option. This level of safety makes wrought iron fencing ideal for swimming pool enclosures as you can see where your family is while still looking good and complimenting your pool.
4. It looks good
Wrought iron fencing offers classic and timeless beauty and is the best-looking fencing by far and cannot be copied by others. The nature and malleability of wrought iron allows for it to be shaped into interesting patterns and worked into creative designs. There is no style that cannot be matched with wrought iron designs and color schemes from traditional and formal to modern and casual styles. It takes special tools and artisanal training to be able to create or wrought iron into decorative fences.
The strength and durability of these fences allows them to not show damage, wear and tear as quickly as other fencing materials meaning that they remain good-looking for a long time. The clean and open designs of wrought iron allow homeowners to show off the beauty of your home, see the tranquility of your rose garden or capture the stunning views and sunsets.
5. It adds value
The perceived value of a property is the value that a home seems to be worth or people feel comfortable paying for it. It is not the actual valuation of the property when you try to sell it. Adding rooms and bathrooms to your home might increase the actual value but making it visually appealing greatly increases the perceived value and will get you more in the selling price.
Adding a wrought iron fence with its classic appeal greatly enhances the perceived value of your home. It increases the stateliness of your property and increases its curb appeal. Classic columns, curves and spirals create a luxurious look and feel and increase the perceived investment value greatly. At the same time a well-constructed wrought iron fence can be intimidating and send a message of strength and security to keep intruders at bay. These are all great attributes of a home and will make it more attractive to buyers.
6. You can make it your own
Designing your own wrought iron fence will add a personalized touch that is unmatched by any other type of fencing. Fencing contractors can use the malleability of wrought iron to create almost any design so you can personalize your fencing completely to show your style and that of your home. Complicated spirals, scrolls, curves, decorative insets and intricate designs or patterns can add interesting nuances and styles to add to the appeal. Add in other building materials including timber, glass, steel and brickwork and you can create a look that is truly unique and much sought after.
Contact our experts at Ironcraft and let us unlock the world of wrought iron with you. We are happy to share the ins and outs and many benefits of wrought iron fencing with you.