Wrought iron fences can be extremely decorative.
While an iron fence is an expensive option that also requires professional installation, it is often said that its many advantages far outweigh its disadvantages. A wrought iron fence is extremely decorative, with an artistic elegance that cannot be matched by other fencing materials. Wrought iron refers to metal that has been heated to allow it to be molded into beautiful rolls or curves, as well as straight and twisted spirals, or poles. The various shapes of possible openings and the black color of the iron fences make it a piece of art, as well as a safe, strong, long-lasting and low-maintenance edge on a property.
To deter potential intruders or thieves, an iron fence can feature pointed spear-shaped ends or tops. Because the towers, or main vertical posts, of wrought iron fences are so thin and smooth, it is naturally a difficult material to climb. The narrowness and open design of a wrought iron fence can make it look deceptively fragile and also purely ornamental. However, despite its narrow, detailed elegance that leaves an open space between the towers and the scrolls, wrought iron is an extremely strong and secure material.
The dual advantages of openness and security make iron fencing a favorite choice in gardens and swimming pools. The black color of the fence, as well as its ornate, coiled designs, make it a stunning frame against flowers and foliage in a garden. It also tends to contrast well with the colors of the pool and deck. Unlike its iron counterpart, chain-link fence has an industrial or institutional look that can detract from the artistic beauty of landscaped outdoor environments. Chain links can also be cut quite easily, while lockable gates added to iron fences help keep pools safe and backyards secure.
The low maintenance properties of an iron fence are another popular advantage. Unlike wooden fences, there is no need for frequent repainting. Rotting, warping, and insect damage are other problems for wooden fences, but not wrought iron types. An iron fence is also extremely weather resistant and holds up well in all seasons. The only maintenance iron seal typically required is a semi-annual check for sections that may require a little touch-up.
All the advantages of iron fences make their cost a smart investment in most cases. Iron fencing can attract home buyers and create more curb appeal than standard options like wood or chain link. While these common basic fences are considered nondescript or indistinct, wrought iron options have a much sought after character.