Do you choose a type of handrail for your indoor or outdoor stairs? I have a brilliant idea for you – why not wrought iron railings? Wrought iron is a very low-carbon iron alloy somewhat similar to steel. If you’re hesitating about whether or not you need it, let’s look at some pros and cons and some examples to help you make the final decision.
Wrought iron fences are much stronger than other common materials. Because wrought iron is so difficult to break, it is better than many other fences for security reasons. The durability also means that wrought iron fences will last much longer than other fences. For the most part, these fences are easy to maintain, especially when painted.
The term wrought iron was used for this type of iron because it could be worked into many different shapes and designs. The alloy itself has an elastic and malleable nature that many artists and designers can mold into interesting patterns.
If you’ve had trouble with fence-destroying pests in the past, this is good news: barring weird mutations or alien invasions, nothing will chew a wrought-iron fence. With the right design, they can actually keep many pesky animals completely out of your home, although there’s probably no fence so amazing that a really determined animal can’t find a way around.
Wrought iron is more expensive than wood and vinyl fences due to its material and the difficulties involved. Additionally, it can be a bit more expensive to install, especially if the wrought iron design is custom made. Wrought iron is heavy, requires a lot more work to properly fasten, and requires proper anchoring to keep it from falling easily in certain soils. The list goes on. That means you either work on it for a long time or pay a premium for its installation.
If you use it outside and a wrought iron fence has been weathered long enough, it will begin to corrode. Rust on wrought iron is particularly difficult to deal with because of the slag in the metal. As mentioned above, painting the wrought iron can prevent rust from forming. However, over time, the paint peels off and therefore a new paint has to be applied every few years.
Although wrought iron can be bent into many different designs, fences made from this material are usually very easy to see through. In general, the straight bars and whorls common to wrought iron fencing are considered “open” patterns. Open designs usually have iron bars that are close enough together to keep people out, but far enough apart to see through.
Wrought iron railings are widely used indoors. Such a railing looks beautiful and always catches the eye, and even the simplest staircase will look amazing with it. Wrought iron can almost match the interior depending on the color and pattern, but it is more commonly used in traditional, industrial, modern and minimalist interiors than others.
Wrought iron is also a good idea outdoors, especially if you want a luxurious look for the entrance. Order a custom made sample for your railing for a fantastic look!