If you are looking for style, elegance, design, and a bold statement that protects your property and will stand the test of time, your answer is beautiful, metal fencing from Good Dog Fencing.
The classic wrought-iron fence is beautiful and stately. It can be anything from an ornate picket fence to a tall, spiky enclosure with automated gates and high security.
These days, most metal fences are not authentically wrought iron. Instead, they are made of aluminum. Choosing between wrought iron or aluminum depends on your needs and personal preferences. There are advantages and disadvantages to these two popular options that every consumer should be aware of before making a fence purchase.
The Basics of Wrought Iron Fences
Residential wrought iron gates are generally manufactured in sections that are 48 inches tall and 8 feet wide. The posts are ½” x 18-gauge square tubing and 1”x1/8” punched channels for the rails. The fence sections are eight feet wide and weigh over 50 pounds. Although wrought iron fencing is black powder coated, it will eventually begin to rust at some point. Wrought iron fences are strong and beautiful, but it comes at a cost. They require upkeep and must be sanded or repainted every two to three years.
Advantages of Wrought Iron Fencing
A wrought iron fence is the most heavy-duty fence on the market. You won’t find a fence that is more durable than wrought iron. At more than 8 pounds per foot, even a vehicle cannot drive through a wrought iron fence. It is ideal for high-security settings.
It is also one of the most beautiful fence options. It has a historic appeal and endless style options. A beautiful wrought iron fence can fit a Tuscan, country, or contemporary home style. Additional adornments, gates, walkways, and rails only enhance the elegance of a wrought iron fence.
It is easy to install a wrought iron fence on flat terrain, or on top of a concrete or stone retaining wall.
Disadvantages of Wrought Iron Fencing
For most conservative homeowners, wrought iron fencing is expensive, especially if you have a lot of land to cover. While it is a good investment for any property, the cost will be significantly higher than other fencing materials.
The Basics of Aluminum Fencing
At first glance, most people can’t see the difference between an aluminum and wrought iron fence. They have similar dimensions on the posts and rails and both choices are powder coated.
The real difference comes when you pick them up. An aluminum fence section of 48 inches tall and eight feet wide is a mere 12 pounds, compared to the 50-pound wrought iron version. In addition, the aluminum version is resistant to rusting, chipping, or peeling and comes with a lifetime warranty on the materials.
Advantages of Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum fencing is designed to be a more affordable and maintenance free option that still has the look and feel of wrought iron. It is lighter in weight and can be painted.
There are four grades of aluminum fencing from residential to industrial grade. Each grade of aluminum provides a stronger fence with more stability.
Aluminum fencing also carries the benefit of easy repairs because a single picket can be replaced, as opposed to replacing the entire section. Aluminum can easily be installed in areas where the ground may be sloped or concave, and it is faster to install and cheaper than wrought iron.
Disadvantages of Aluminum Fencing
Although aluminum can mimic the look of wrought iron, it cannot mimic the strength. Aluminum is a relatively weak fence, that is prone to damage and can be bent or broken easily.
The Best Fences For Pool Enclosures
Wrought iron or aluminum fencing is a popular choice for pool enclosures. A gorgeous iron fence adds to safety and beauty of your landscaping. They still provide visibility and safety around the pool or other water features without detracting from the elegance of your outdoor space.
Even if you do not have children in your home, safety hazards are a liability for homeowners. It is important to take steps to secure your pool for friends, relatives, or neighbors who could visit or accidentally sneak into the pool without your knowledge.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s safety barrier guidelines for home pools suggest using a fence with a minimum height of 48 inches, a maximum spacing of 1¾ inches between pieces and no handholds or footholds for children to use for climbing.
If you are interested in a metal fence, give us a call. Our team can provide a free estimate and schedule an in-home consultation to discuss your options with no obligation to purchase. Contact us today!
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