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Iron Fences

Iron fences with the appropriate height, picket spacing, and style (for example, pointed tips), are a costly but excellent way to deter intruders from your home and property. For this reason, iron fences are often associated with wealthy estates. This air of wealth can also be tapped into by using a lower, less obtrusive iron fence for decorative purposes. Because of the thinness of the pickets, however, iron fences do not make good privacy fences.

Although difficult to install, once in place, iron fences require little maintenance.

Wrought Iron versus Cast Iron

Iron fences can be either wrought or cast. "Wrought" iron is iron that has be bent, twisted, pulled, or otherwise shaped while hot and thus still pliable. "Cast" iron is poured into a mold of the final shape and simply allowed to cool. There is very little new wrought iron today in the US because of the cost and difficulty of it's manufacture; instead, steel and aluminum have replaced wrought iron.

Steel and Aluminum Fencing

Although advertised as "wrought iron," most new fencing of this style is actually made of steel or aluminum tubing. From a distance, the appearance can be identical,

and steel fencing has the advantage of a lower cost. Aluminum fencing, although not as strong as steel, will not rust (important consideration if you are fencing around a pool or other areas where rust will stain concrete). If treated with a powder coat, aluminum fencing will retain its finish for many years.

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