When do you use ornamental fences?
As its name suggests, ornamental fences are used for decorative rather than “practical” purposes. Unlike cedar, vinyl, and Trex fencing, ornamental iron doesn’t provide a full visual screen and is therefore not often used for privacy purposes. It does, however, outstrip nearly every other fencing option with the grandeur of its aesthetics. Because of its stately appeal, it’s often paired with stucco, stone, and brick houses.
Wrought Iron vs. Ornamental Iron Fencing
In brief, the difference between these two types of iron fencing is the quality of the construction. Wrought iron fences are made of raw iron and often have more intricate workmanship. Ornamental iron is actually made of steel and has a more uniform look. Ornamental iron tends to be cheaper and require less maintenance.
Steel or Aluminum?
As a general rule, aluminum fencing is best suited for homes in which its decorative look is the primary consideration, and deterring burglars is secondary. Steel is most appropriate for high-security premises and locations in which strong barriers are required. A Steel fence is the most cost effective solution if budget is a concern. If you are within 5 miles to the Ocean aluminum or marine grade stainless steel is your best option.
Which material will last longer?
Galvanized and powder coated steel is nearly impervious to rust. It is also resistant to impacts, making steel an excellent choice for high-security fencing. Lightweight, durable, versatile, and corrosion-resistant, aluminum fencing will last for years without losing its luster. Powder coated aluminum is an especially high quality and durable choice.
Ornamental Fence Styles
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