Wrought Iron Fence Disadvantages

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Wrought Iron Fence Disadvantages
A wrought iron fence isn't all fun and games. (wrought iron fence of spades image by Stephen Orsillo from Fotolia.com)

A wrought iron fence surrounding a property evokes an exclusive 19th century feel. A good wrought iron fence is durable and very attractive, but, like any addition to a property, it is not entirely free of negative considerations. Unless you have a particular reason for wanting wrought iron for your property fencing, you may find other options more affordable and practical.

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Cost

The primary deterrent to owning a property surrounded by an elaborate wrought iron fence is cost. A fence custom built for your property costs thousands of dollars in October 2010, and even mass-produced wrought iron fence is far more expensive than other options. In addition to the fence itself, there is the added cost of transportation and installation. Wrought iron is extremely heavy; you can't simply toss it into the back of your car. Unless you are a skilled metalworker, you will need to hire professionals to install the fence, which will also increase the cost.

Rust

One of the main differences between iron and steel is iron's greater susceptibility to rust. The reason that most wrought iron fences are painted in thick black paint is to deter the inevitable rust that they are known for. Weather will eventually find a way through the paint and begin to rust the iron, no matter what you do. This fact means that you will frequently need to paint your wrought iron fence and occasionally must scrape, sand or sandblast it as well. Frequent painting can begin to obscure the attractive details of wrought iron over time.

Complications

Further drawbacks of wrought iron include gate problems and difficulty in finding skilled repair people. Because the gates of wrought iron fences are usually wrought iron as well, they, and their hinges and latches, are subject to rust as well. If they sit unused for any length of time, or if they are neglected and not maintained, oiled, and painted regularly, the rust will begin to impair their functionality. Finding skilled people to work on and repair wrought iron may be problematic as wrought iron is largely an archaic product that is no longer in wide use for fencing. A blacksmith is the likeliest person to possess skills relevant to wrought iron fence repair.

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