Good fences make good neighbours, as the old saying goes, and they may also be legally required in your area no matter the opinion of your neighbours! A cast-iron fence has a very stately look to it and can add an attractive appearance to your property; note a few of its advantages and some questions you might have about this type of fence if you're thinking of adding one to your home.
1. What is the difference between iron and steel?
Iron is a natural element and steel is an alloy, meaning that steel is made in a manufacturing plant by combining iron ore and carbon. Both metals are very strong and durable and should last over the lifetime of your home, but if you're worried about how your choice affects the environment, consider the added manufacturing process of steel. While this process doesn't release a large number of pollutants into the air, it does still involve some emissions from the heat needed to create this metal. For that reason, pure iron may be your preferred option.
2. What is the difference between wrought iron and cast iron?
The terms wrought iron and cast iron refer to how the iron is fabricated to create a product; wrought iron is fabricated by hand, and this is a process that is actually rarely used today. Cast iron refers to putting the hot iron in casts or moulds; this is much more common. However, the terms wrought iron and cast iron are often used interchangeably, since the end product is simply iron that has been shaped and formed into the stakes and other pieces needed to make your fence. Both will result in a strong metal that you need for a secure fence.
3. Can iron fences be painted?
A metal fence can be painted if you use the right type of paint, meaning one made for metal and for outdoor use. You also need to ensure you remove any rust stains and fill in any holes made from rust and corrosion. However, if you invest in an iron fence and note that it eventually needs a new coat of paint, it can be better to have it powder coated. This is a type of paint that is applied in powder form and then attached to the metal with a charge of electricity. This is usually the way metal is painted when in the factory and it can mean a longer-lasting, more durable coating for your home's fence.