Are you in need of fencing or railings for your house that is both stylish and practical? When it comes to master craftsmanship of indoor/outdoor aluminum or iron railings and fencing, look no further than Ironcraft Welding. We have a variety of options available to suit every taste and preference. We also specialize in custom made railing or fencing solutions that can be designed to seamlessly blend with your home’s existing design.
The question that many clients ask us is whether they should go with wrought iron railings or with aluminum. The knowledgeable team at Ironcraft Welding has compiled a handy list, highlighting the noteworthy qualities of these materials. Keep reading to find out more about the main qualities of these two options. It will help you to make an informed decision regarding which railings and fences to choose during a home renovation or new home construction project.
Advantages of Wrought Iron Fencing and Railings
When we talk about iron fencing or iron railings, whether for indoor or outdoor use, we typically refer to wrought iron. Wrought iron railings, gates or fences are powder-coated to protect them from nature’s elements and corrosion that occurs over time.
Wrought iron gates, railings and fences have a phenomenal lifespan of 60 years or longer, provided they are sealed and maintained regularly. Indoor wrought iron railings can easily last a lifetime.
It is recommended that you inspect your wrought iron gates and fence regularly to make sure that there are no signs of deterioration, for instance damage to the powder-coating. Clean them from time to time and have them recoated if you spot any signs of damage.
Back in the day, a wrought iron fence, gate or railings were used exclusively by the elite, but times have changed. Now folks from all walks of life can enjoy the advantages and benefits of wrought iron. Let’s go over some of the advantages:
Wrought Iron Railings for Strength and Safety
This is a material that can withstand significant stress. The maximum tensile strength of this metal is 240 to 250 MPa (units of pressure). In a nutshell, this means that it is sturdy and strong enough to be used as gates, railings or fencing.
One of the many benefits of wrought iron is that due to its strength, it is not necessary to keep the design thin to ensure its durability. A wrought iron driveway gate, fence or railings can be exquisitely decorated and adds a graceful aesthetic to your property. However, do not let the delicate design fool you, as wrought iron is more than strong enough for its intended purpose.
Wrought Iron Railings are Versatile
When heated to high temperatures, wrought iron is a pliable material and can quite easily be molded into a specific design of your choice. In fact, the name “wrought iron” is really an antiquated way of saying “worked iron” referring to its malleable properties. It can be worked in a variety of ways to obtain just the right form. Its high degree of flexibility makes this material ideal for a distinct custom-made iron gate, fence, or railings design, made to your unique specifications.
Wrought Iron Railings as A Work of Art
These railings are not mass produced any longer, which allows for each design concept to be uniquely beautiful. Many an iron fence is forged and handcrafted using specialized tools and equipment. Each project will therefore have its own distinct shape and features. Whether you prefer a minimalist style or appreciate a more intricate and delicate design, each piece is unique and a work of art. Take pride in your personalized wrought iron gates or railings which are sure to attract attention from everyone that enters your property.
Wrought Iron Railings are Low Maintenance
It’s great to know that a wrought iron fence or railings can be kept in good shape with minimal effort. Dust and dirt can be washed off with some soapy water, when required. A regular check on outdoor iron works is all that is required. Adverse weather conditions or other factors can of course cause some minor scratching or damages. As soon as you notice any damage or the onset of rust, have it recoated for renewed protection.
Wrought Iron Railings are Durable
This material is robust and can stand the test of time. As mentioned before, it is possible to bend wrought iron, but it takes a lot for it to break. This is because of the high concentration of carbon in the metal. Wrought iron is a wise choice when deciding which material to use for your gate, fence. or stair railings. It will deliver a high return on investment as it’s a once-in a lifetime purchase. This material will keep on performing for generations to come.
Wrought Iron Railings Can Remain Rust-free
Wrought iron is not prone to rust, which is another reason why it’s so popular. It is a rust-resistant material, but as with all metals, it can rust in specific circumstances. With just a little bit of maintenance, your indoor and outdoor wrought iron railings will not cause you any worries.
It just boils down to keeping an eye on your iron railings. Clean them from time to time and give them a coat of paint to serve as a protective layer. This will be enough to protect them from extreme weather conditions.
Wrought Iron Railings Offer Excellent Value
Wrought iron is a strong and durable material that can last for generations. It adds value to your property and requires very little effort to maintain it and keep it in a good condition. Installing wrought iron gates or iron railings on your porch is an investment that will pay off time and time again. Wrought iron provides excellent value for money.
Advantages of Aluminum Railings
The earth’s crust has provided mankind with plenty of aluminum, in fact it is the most abundant metallic element available on earth. It is mostly known for being lightweight, strong and affordable. Aluminum railings used for either indoor or outdoor purposes, will provide you with a weather resistant safety solution. They add a touch of class to your home with its subtle design that combines refinement and endurance.
Aluminum Railings for Strength
Aluminum is a lightweight material that is also resilient and strong. It is not affected by extreme weather conditions and can easily handle strong winds, rain, snow, ice. and sun exposure. Aluminum tends to last for many years, whilst remaining attractive. There is no need to worry about weather conditions when you have aluminum fixtures installed around your home.
Aluminum Railings Do Not Rust
As rust is essentially iron oxide, it’s good to know that aluminum is basically iron free. This means it is naturally rust resistant. Aluminum can of course oxidize, but the oxidized layer shields the unoxidized layer from damage. Due to its high corrosion resistance when oxidized, aluminum is frequently referred to as a rust-free material.
This corrosion resistance is highly beneficial for homeowners who make use of aluminum in and around their homes. Extreme temperatures, on either side of the scale, will not have much of an impact on aluminum.
Aluminum Railings Can be Customized
Aluminum is a versatile metal and can easily be transformed into a design of your choice. When it comes to railings or fences, you have plenty of designs to choose from. Apart from the various designs and shapes, it is also available in many different color options or color combinations. Aluminum is suitable for many different design styles. You can choose to go with a more dramatic and detailed style that can take you back to a grander period in time or decide on a more modern, simple and sleek design. It’s entirely your choice when you decide to have your aluminum railing or fence custom-made.
Aluminum Railings Require Minimal Maintenance
You can choose between two finishing options when ordering your aluminum railings. They are available in a painted or powder-coated finish. The painted option will require a fresh coat from time to time, where the powder-coated finishing option requires even less maintenance. It is recommended that you clean them periodically with water, a non-abrasive soap, and a sponge. For homes located close to the ocean, you may notice that the hinges or fasteners installed on fences, gates or railing may oxidize over time. In this event, rub some floor or car wax over the affected areas which will take care of the oxidization in no time. This will help your aluminum railings to regain its luster.
Aluminum Railings are Durable
As aluminum railings are not affected by severe weather conditions, nor rust, your railings will last for a very long time. In fact, they are known to last a lifetime. Aluminum is a great choice for both indoor or outdoor use, regardless of whether it’s used for railings or a staircase. It’s a worry-free product that will remain strong and durable even after decades of use.
Aluminum Railings Are Cost Effective
Aluminum is a widely available metal, which is both cost effective and affordable. This, coupled with its durable nature, makes it an excellent choice when comparing it to other metals. You will find better deals on aluminum deck or stair railings or gates and fences, compared to similar products made of steel or wrought iron. Wood is another popular material used for the same purpose, but wood tends to be easily affected by adverse weather conditions and requires lots of regular care and maintenance.
Aluminum is a cost-effective solution which will last for generations. It is just as durable as wrought iron and requires much less maintenance compared to wood.
Both wrought iron and aluminum products are strong, durable, sustainable, and fully customizable. Not to mention stylish and elegant. Ironcraft Welding confidently recommends either material for your home or business. Your choice between either option will come down to your personal preferences and budget. Contact Ironcraft Welding for a professional service and expert advice. We will gladly provide you with a cost-effective railing, fencing or gate estimate for your home remodeling project.
Ironcraft Welding delivers expert workmanship and unique designs to enhance the beauty of your home. Get in touch with us today or visit our website for ideas on wrought iron designs or to view our completed aluminum railing projects.