A familiar comment we hear from our clients is that while they like the idea of wrought iron fencing or installing a couple of wrought iron gates, they’re not sure what would work best for their particular property.
There is a lot of conflicting information online when it comes to wrought iron gates and fences. So to help clear the air, here are some facts you need to know.
How Long Will a Wrought Iron Fence Last?
The feature most home owners know about wrought iron fencing is that it’s incredibly durable. Of all the available fencing materials available, wrought iron lasts the longest by a wide margin.
For fences typical homeowner use the lifespan runs about 20-25 years. For wrought iron gates, it can be up to 50 or even 60 years!
Because of this, they’re the perfect choice for areas with high traffic or exposure to weather conditions such as salty air and frequent winds.
Metal corrodes from moisture in the air which can lead to rust spots, but because wrought iron is formulated using copper alloys instead of steel these corrosion issues don’t happen even over long periods of time. This means one less thing you have to worry about when it comes time for care!
Wrought Iron Fence Maintenance
Just because wrought iron is durable doesn’t mean that it’s no maintenance. Even with this material, there’s a bit of upkeep. However, compared with the amount of attention other materials need, wrought iron fencing has a very low maintenance costs. This low cost refers to dollars saved as well as time you won’t spend tending to your fence. In fact, over its usable life, any maintenance you’ll need to perform should be minimal.
Typical fence maintenance includes cleaning with a dry cloth or chamois, and occasionally applying wax to protect the metal from moisture in the air. For the most part, your gate or fence will care for itself.
Wrought Iron Gates and Fence Design Options
Whether you need a couple of wrought iron gates or an entire installation, you’ve got a large volume of designs to choose from. You can choose a sleek, modern design or a more traditional look.
Contrary to popular belief, wrought iron is a versatile material that can be used in many different styles of fences and gates. It’s available in three types: black (or rustic), green (or oxidized) and silvery-gray (or polished ). Each of these colors is available in different textures, which can be used to create a more elegant or rustic look.
You’ll find that there’s no one perfect design. You’re going to have to do some digging in order to find what fits your needs best. There are lots of resources out there such as Pinterest boards that showcase different designs and ideas.
When you’re ready to begin your project, a good place to start is with a free consultation from one of our expert designers to get your questions answered before making any final decisions about products or services while shopping online or over the phone.
How Much Does Wrought Iron Fencing Cost?
On average, the cost of installing new wrought iron fence is around $300 per linear foot installed; this includes labor and materials.
With wrought iron fence gates cost depends heavily on whether or not you buy a pre-made panel or have one custom made for you. Generally speaking though, wrought iron fencing gates will run from $150-$800 dollars for materials only. If we’re talking about installation as well, expect this price range to go up anywhere between $200 -$1500 depending upon the property location and customization.
That said, there are quite a few factors that impact selection and final pricing so we recommend you call us at (702) 504-0765 for a quote specific to your property.