Aluminum Fencing vs. Wrought Iron Fencing: Which one is right for you?
You have narrowed your options down to wrought Iron and aluminum, as these are the two of the best materials in the space, and you’d like to discern which one would be best for you and why? We are here to answer that question.
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Wrought Iron fencing is a classic, and most people consider this option when looking into metal fence products. It has been used for centuries, and it looks good while giving an obvious signal that says “stay away” or “keep out” it has served as a very practical material in the past.
Did you know that an aluminum fence can provide the safety and security of a traditional wrought iron fence while providing more privacy and being more aesthetically pleasing? Pair those benefits up with the fact that an Aluminum fence will require significantly less maintenance. You may determine that an aluminum fence product such as SLEEKFENCE™ contemporary fence product would better fit your project. Below, we will address costs, installation, strength, durability, and maintenance. You can use this information to make an informed decision about what material would be suitable for you.
Cost and installation:
Aluminum is typically more affordable than wrought Iron; even though they cost about the same per square foot, you’ll pay much more in shipping because it is so much heavier. This weight issue also makes a wrought iron fence more difficult to install, which can be more costly if you hire an installer.
SLEEKFENCE™ is lighter than wrought Iron; it is also a modular fence system. A modular fence, in short, is a fence that comes preassembled right out of the factory. This means installing it is straightforward, especially if you have hired an installer. SLEEKFENCE™ only requires minor tweaks and adjustments during the installation process and works well with virtually any terrain type. A modular fence often arrives as a kit or package; the pieces come ready to be installed. If there is a problem with a specific component or part of your fence, it is relatively easy to swap that piece out for a fresh one without affecting the rest of the fence. Please click here to read our modular fence article if you are interested in more info regarding this subject. Let’s talk about strength and durability.
Strength and Durability:
Both Aluminum and Wrought Iron are very strong, but wrought Iron is heavier than aluminum, thus making it marginally more robust and harder to install. Aluminum requires virtually no maintenance and wrought Iron must be frequently maintained, so aluminum is the more durable option. We will be discussing maintenance in detail in the next section.
Wrought iron will rust as time passes; it is usually painted to prevent this in the short term, but as time goes on, it is inevitable as the paint scratches or chips off. A wrought iron fence will look beautiful, but it will require regular maintenance to protect it from the elements and minimize things like rust happening over time; you’ll need to clean it and scrub away rust spots as they start to form. It is not uncommon for homeowners can spend an entire day doing this with soap, water, and a toothbrush in hand.
Aluminum is resistant to corrosion and does not rust. Aluminum also has no iron in its composition, so there is no iron to oxidize and rust. Our aluminum fence product is also powder-coated black. When you powder coat metal, it ends up being much more durable. Powder-coated metal is considered to be “corrosion-proof” it also creates a tough finish. Our SLEEKFENCE™ aluminum privacy fence and aluminum screen fence product will require little to no maintenance aside from cleaning at your discretion. We recommend that you read our cleaning guidelines before cleaning your SLEEKFENCE™. We also offer everything you’ll need to safely and effectively clean your SLEEKFENCE™ in our cleaning kit.
Don’t hesitate to reach out:
Call or email us if you have any questions about our aluminum fence products. A member of our support staff will be glad to help you. If you are looking to install a SLEEKFENCE™, we would be glad to assist you in finding a contractor near you.