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Iron Fencing

Iron fences have a timeless quality, classic and stately. Perhaps that’s because they’ve been around seemingly forever, and we’ve all seen them surrounding elegant homes and large properties throughout our lifetimes. How long have they really been around? Let’s take a moment to consider their history.

Wrought iron fences have been around for hundreds of years. In fact, the use of wrought iron for fencing began in the 12th century in Europe. The first American forge was established in Massachusetts in 1644 at the Saugus Ironworks, which made both wrought iron and cast iron. Wrought iron fencing really took off in larger cities in the United States in the 18th century, with cities like Charleston and Savannah boasting beautiful wrought iron fences and railing. New Orleans has gorgeous ironwork as well, but most of it is cast iron, often shipped from Spain.

What is the difference between wrought iron and cast iron? Cast iron has a higher carbon content than wrought iron and is cast in a mold. Wrought iron is more pliable, and so it is worked by hand. Wrought simply means worked, so it could also be known as worked iron.

During the 19th century, steel passed iron in terms of architectural metal, but by the turn of the 20th century, wrought iron was enjoying a resurgence of popularity. With new and more sophisticated tools at their disposal, the wrought-iron craftsmen of this time made more complex designs than had been seen before. The result was some of the most beautiful ironwork ever produced in America, and it’s still in use today on many historic properties.

Today, the term wrought iron is still used, but it’s difficult to find a traditional wrought iron craftsman. While wrought iron used to be shaped and designed by hand, machines have now taken over the production of wrought iron fences. The term wrought iron has, therefore, become somewhat erroneous, and now simply applies to ornamental fence design. It’s also called ornamental iron, and is very popular.

Iron fences are versatile and can be customized to meet the needs of the property owner. They can be ornate or simple, and provide not only security but also curb appeal. They’re also extremely durable and require very little maintenance.

If you’re interested in having an iron fence installed, you can trust A-1 Fence to get the job done right and stand behind our work. We’re a locally owned and operated company with more than 40 years of experience, committed to providing fast and efficient work with a personalized feel. We’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and are proud of our reputation for quality work. For more information or a free estimate, contact us through our website or call 832-962-4765.