In a nutshell, wrought iron fencing is a common solution for pool fences, security, and exterior decoration for your property. It's great for pets and children and comes in many different styles. Aluminum fencing can be made to look the same and last a lifetime. Click the button to see more pictures.
Wrought iron fencing is a very common way to surround your backyard and pool area for safety and to beautify your property in general. There are many different styles you can get with iron fencing. Pre-fab iron fencing is the most common since it’s powder coated and maintenance free, such as the Ameristar product made and shipped out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s also more affordable than getting something custom made. Pre-fab fence systems consist of posts, panels, and brackets. This makes for simplified installation and also makes it easy to remove and re-install sections if needed later on if you are needing a temporary wider space than the gates you have put in.
Not all iron or aluminum fence systems are created equal. Some are welded or fixed panels and some are rackable or adjustable panels. Fixed panels are usually cheaper since they are not built to adjust for slope change, but if you have a pretty flat yard, it may work out just fine. If your yard has changes in grade or slope, panels are “stepped” up or down accordingly to follow the grade as closely as possible. Since fence panels are typically 8’ long, if you have severe grade changes, you may end up having some large gaps at the bottom of the section on one end. You can fill in that space with rock or some landscaping. Or you can go with a rackable panel such as Ameristar. The panel is made with internal rivets so that the panels can swivel relative to the rails and adjust for slope and grade changes. This is highly recommended if you have smaller dogs or children and also has a more appealing appearance most of the time.
Powder coated iron fencing is designed to be maintenance free. In fact, if you try to re-paint a powder coated fence, the paint will quickly flake off and look worse than how you started. Powder coated iron fences are designed to last around 20-30 years (less if you are near bodies of water – more if you are in a dryer climate). If your iron fence is constantly being soaked by sprinkler systems or septic systems, it will speed up the inevitable rusting process. In situations like these and if you are near bodies of water, aluminum fencing is recommended over iron fencing. Aluminum does not rust. It is a more lightweight material though, so we definitely recommend a commercial grade of aluminum so it’s more durable to external factors. Aluminum fencing is more costly than iron fencing on the front end but will last much longer. Repairs for aluminum fencing are usually more expensive than iron fencing, so that’s another reason we recommend the commercial aluminum fencing over the residential grade.
Aluminum fencing can easily be 25%-50% more than iron fencing, so the upside of aluminum really has to do with how long you plan on being at your current property. If your plan is less than 10 years, an import iron product is most common. If your plan is less than 20 years, an iron product like Ameristar with a better quality powder coat is most common. If your plan is longer than 20 years, then aluminum fencing is what we would recommend. When deciding to get a fence installed it’s very important to understand what options are available and to use an experienced fence company near you. We only buy our iron and aluminum fencing materials from trusted fence suppliers such as Binford Supply, Eagle Fence Distribution, and Merchants Metals. We NEVER buy cheap and flimsy DIY products from Home Depot or Lowe’s when it comes to the ornamental iron and aluminum style of fencing.
Rocket Fence crews are experienced wrought iron fence installers near Spring, TX and provide fence installation services to all surrounding areas as well. When it comes to wrought iron and aluminum fencing installation, go with a local fence contractor. We honor a 1 year workmanship warranty, provide free fence estimates, and offer financing options as well so you don’t have to save up in full to get started on your project. In fact, as steel and aluminum prices continue to increase, you may end up paying the same total amount with today’s pricing with some interest compared to cash pricing down the road. Call us today or request a fencing quote online to get started. We may be able to provide pricing over the phone. If not, schedule an appointment with one of our fence estimators. We’d love to hear from you!
Wrought iron fencing used to be handcrafted and made from forged steel before square tubing came around and made ornamental iron more accessible and affordable for everyday folks.