Are you interested in decorative fencing for your property? Wrought iron fence installation is your best choice. But is it a good idea, and can you DIY your way around it? Learn more about it here.
Iron is a metal with so many uses from ancient times until today. It has been used to make tools, knives, machinery, weapons, and useful things in daily lives. Iron is also used in shelters, buildings, and structures of huge sizes – from skyscrapers to dams or combined with other metals to attain the needed characteristics.
What Do You Need To Know About Iron Wrought Fences?
Wrought iron fences are an investment that can upgrade the property and can be a great selling point to the residential or commercial property. Historically, there are still famous residences with wrought iron fences that can be restored compared to wood fences that are difficult to repair. Here are the benefits and challenges of using wrought iron as a front and backyard fence.
Fence Installation Costs
Wrought iron fences are costlier than wood fences, vinyl fences, and barbed wire fence. Still, the effect of the rustic features of iron gives a natural beauty to the deteriorating material, or the artistic custom-made iron wrought design gives a first aesthetic impression of the home from the outside. Wood defines a countryside atmosphere while the iron is such an urban royal impression. You might want to consider getting a piece of sound advice from a professional fencing contractor to know your options and get a better understanding of your fence installation cost.
Material Strength and Durability
The strength and durability of iron are unquestionably surpassing that of other fence types. The strength is long-lasting compared to vinyl that breaks upon prolonged exposure to sudden changes in weather conditions. In addition, iron can be molded and artistically be formed into custom shapes and designs.
One disadvantage of wrought iron is corrosion. Right now, iron manufacturers’ resistance to wear of iron has been improved by adding different metals to produce a more durable iron-based alloy that can withstand weathering.
Wrought iron is easy to maintain. A once-a-year paint coating on the wrought iron prevents rust and corrosion. It makes wrought iron easy to maintain using a steel brush, and anti-rust paint can add several years of life to the fence.
Wrought iron fences do not offer privacy, unlike other types, such as a vinyl fence, that block the line of view from inside and outside of the fence.
A wrought iron fence is versatile. There are many options that wrought iron fence can be attached even to walls, pavements, concrete walls, wooden or concrete posts, and other existing fences. Wrought iron fences can be attached to existing structures that give security and safety features to a residence, school, or commercial building.
Parts of A Wrought Iron Fence
It is best to know the parts of a wrought iron fence when you plan to do a DIY fence installation of one on your residential property.
- Spires and pickets: These are vertical parts that make up the post of the fence, while pickets are located at the center of the fence that has an ornamental design. Pickets are also called balusters, and picket castings are attached to the pickets to make designs and strengthen the fence structure.
- Posts: These are metals attached to the panel having a square shape for the purpose of bolting or will be embedded in concrete to connect the fence to a wall or the ground.
- Rails: These are horizontal elements of fencing that hold the vertical parts of the fence, which extend to the posts of the wrought iron panel. Depending on the panel design, horizontal rails may be added parallel to the ground to make a sturdy fence panel.
- Decorative Elements: Decorative elements, which are called scrolls, are included and attached to pickets. Common scrolls are the C-type or S-type scrolls having several variations that can be incorporated to add to the artistic design of the fence. There are swirls, spirals, classic spears, intricate curves, and other infinite design variations that the manufacturer forms.
- Finials in your wrought iron fence are decorative tips attached to the pickets.
- Brackets are added to secure the fence into walls and posts, adding to the fence’s rigidity for long and heavy designs.
- Columns are additional posts or pillars to secure some entrance. It may also be used as another decorative feature of the fence of that part.
Wrought Iron Fence Installation: Do-It-Yourself
Wrought iron fence installation needs initial experience and basic carpentry and building skills that the installer has acquired. Although it is fun to do it yourself, an assistant and an able helper can prove to be handy for your DIY wrought iron fence project.
Reminders before installing your wrought iron fence:
- Check local fencing codes for regulations and prohibitions in your community. Secure a building permit when necessary.
- Check and clear obstructions that may hinder your projects, such as trees or boulders.
- Complete your old fence removal, particularly the worn-out parts. Alternatively, you can opt to maintain the existing fence with usable functions for fence reinforcement.
- Check and unpack your materials.
- Check with your local weather.
- Check that the needed tools are available. Specialty tools for wrought iron fence installation may be rented. Reserve from your tool rentals as necessary. Tools that are required for your fence project are as follows: plumb shovel, level, a post hole digger, hack saw, tape measure, power screwdriver, hammer, string line, wheelbarrow, quickrete or cement including aggregates, ground stakes, gravel, cement, power tools if available.
Now, let us help you start your DIY wrought iron fence installation.
- Outline your project plan by drawing it on a piece of graphing paper. Indicate the locations of your main gate, auxiliary gates, corner posts, panels, and necessary dimensions that are needed. Label your panels physically and measure the dimensions placing each dimension on your datasheet.
- Drive your ground stakes from the corner posts to the end post locations. String a tight string line between your stakes to where you will align your fence.
- Dig the holes for your posts. The standard holes are about 6 inches in diameter and 2 feet deep, depending on the soil condition. Set your post on the hole. Add gravel on the bottom to set the proper height of the post. Pour your mixed Quickrete concrete, and be sure to plumb the post. It will take a few days for the concrete to harden.
- Attach the panels to your posts. Check the distance of your fence panels to the ground for the necessary space. Adjust the fence panels with your grinding tools or hacksaw to fit the panels to your post as required.
- The post for your gates needs a bigger and deeper hole as it will hold your gate in place. The gate posts require more time to harden and strengthen since they hold the weight of the gates. After giving enough time for the gate post to harden, install the gates.
There are several ways to have a successful gate and fence installation, especially when the area is full of concrete, and concrete walls and other structures exist, such as poles or trees that can be used as your posts. Your creativity to install and adjust the wrought iron fence is needed. The fence acts as security protection from sudden intrusion into your property, whether animals or people.
An expert from Fenrails can help you understand more about how you can pull off your DIY wrought iron fence installation. Otherwise, you may opt to have us do the project for a more secure installed fencing. Call us at (813) 280-0687 or email at email@example.com.
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