Posted on: 14 January 2015Share
A wrought iron fence can add class and an exclusive style to your home, but maintenance, weight and cost are all issues associated with the problematic material. To get the same effect without all the headaches, aluminum fencing might just be the answer.
An aluminum fence bypasses some of the hidden costs of wrought iron, and a major cost that most overlook is maintenance. A wrought iron fence requires routine maintenance, and repainting every 2 to 3 years, along with provisions for rust removal and replacement due to said rust. Aluminum, on the other hand, does not rust regardless of weather conditions or soil chemistry, both of which can greatly shorten the duration of a wrought iron fence's life.
In addition to being good for several years longer than wrought iron, aluminum fencing comes at the same price. The real savings come when examining the hidden costs of installing and transporting wrought iron versus aluminum, and the main advantage here is in weight. Lightweight aluminum is more cost effective to ship, with an average density of around 2.5 kilograms per cubic decimeter, whereas the number for iron comes in at about three times that. This translates to lower shipping costs if you need to move your fencing a long distance, and less installation costs, and you could even install it yourself if you're particularly handy.
Adaptable to Your Yard, No Matter What
One of the main problems with wrought iron is that it is difficult to install on any sort of gradient. In this case, most homeowners will instead install a wooden fence that could block a nice view. If you live in a hilly environment, aluminum fencing really is the only way to go, since aluminum fences are rackable, or able to lean to accommodate a slope. The same cannot be said for wrought iron, which can put you in hot water if you can only put 3/4 of a wrought iron fence around your property due to a pesky hill.
If you've been hesitant to put up a wrought iron fence on your property due to the high cost or the fear that it might not work with your yard, aluminum fencing is absolutely for you. With dozens of options and even a few faux wrought iron choices available, there is simply no reason to go without a quality, durable aluminum fence instead. Contact a fencing company like Carter Fence Co for more information.