There’s nothing quite like an iron fence to really set your home apart from others in the neighborhood. These fences are beautiful and elegant, and offer outstanding durability and security for your home. Of course, there are several crucial things to consider before you make a purchase. Let’s look at a few of the most important.
One of the single most important things to consider when choosing an iron fence is the manufacturer. Where are they located? What is the company’s reputation? How long have they been in business? Is there a warranty? These are all important questions to answer before you choose a partner.
With an iron fence, slats can vary in terms of style. Some are simple rectangular upright bars, while others have twists and curves. Yet others are wider or narrower. Choose a slat style that works for your overall vision for the aesthetic of your property, but that also maximizes privacy and protection.
An iron fence will have slats spaced rather widely apart. However, understand that narrower is better here. The less of a gap between the slats on the fence, the less chance there is of animals getting through it and into your yard. Consider the different widths offered and then choose one that matches the design and style you want, while helping to prevent neighborhood pets and other animals from getting through.
You’ll find a host of different decorative elements for an iron fence. These range from finials to post toppers to embellishments and flourishes that can be added directly to the front of the fence itself, such as a family’s monogram. Understand that the more decorative elements you add, the higher the price of the fence will be. Strike a balance between affordability and style.
When you think about iron fencing, chances are good that black is the first color that comes to mind. There’s good reason for this – it’s elegant, understated and classic. However, it’s not your only choice. There are many options when it comes to the color of your iron fence. You’ll also find that painting your fence helps prevent rust and ensure that it lasts for a very long time. Make sure that the manufacturer powder coats the fence, and that they do not use traditional painting. Powder coating is much more durable and will last far longer without a need for repainting.
While an iron fence can be beautiful, secure, and durable, they are not particularly well suited for ensuring privacy. This is because even the narrowest of slat gaps can still allow others to look straight through your fence. If privacy is a concern, you’ll need to work with your installer to find a solution. Metal panels can be incorporated into your fencing to increase your privacy, and you can also do other things, such as planting shrubs behind the fence to block the view.
Care and Maintenance
Unlike wood fencing, an iron fence requires very little in the way of care or maintenance. However, you will need to clean it periodically. A sponge and warm soapy water will do the trick, although you may need a narrow brush to get in between certain areas. Other than cleaning, you’ll need to inspect your fence regularly and repair any bent sections (primarily due to severe impacts).
With these tips, you should be much more prepared for choosing an iron fence and the responsibilities that come with ownership.