Wrought iron has been a timeless design element that has added beauty and value to a home for centuries. It is highly regarded for its excellent security features which deter intruders and pests. Popularly used for security doors, window guards, fences, and entry gates, it has earned its reputation as a top choice over and over. However, various myths and misconceptions have come up over time that cloud the reputation of wrought iron.
- Wrought Iron Is An Expense
- It Rusts Quickly & Maintenance Is Difficult
- Installation Is Hard & Time-Consuming
- Steel Is Stronger & More Functional Than Wrought Iron
1. Wrought Iron Doesn’t Break The Bank
It’s true that wrought iron doors can be more costly than a standard wood doors. However, costs have gone down due to improvements in the making of, the availability, and transport of materials. A manufacturer can also customize wrought iron products to your budget and needs so you don’t end up spending out of your price range.
2. Rust Often Takes Years To Develop & Maintaining Is No Sweat
When people think of iron, they often think of rust, so they assume that wrought iron is hard to maintain. This may have been true in the past, but rust-resistant powder coatings can be applied during production to keep rust at bay for years. Minor rust can be easily scraped off and typically takes years to start forming if you provide your doors, gates, fences, and window guards with a little care.
Wrought iron does need basic maintenance to keep it in great condition, though it is typically easier to maintain than other materials. Checking it every once in a while for issues is a good start, and there are other simple things that you can do to keep it looking its best.
- Cleaning Regularly With Soap & Water
- Restore Shine By Polishing Your Iron
- Protect Your Powder Coating With Wax
- Use A Wire Brush On Rust Spots
3. Installation Of Iron Products Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult
Many people think the installation of wrought iron doors, fences, gates, and window guards is challenging and time-consuming. The myth that it’s necessary to reconstruct the entire doorway to hold their load is only true in rare circumstances, such as switching to double doors or changing the size of the gates of the fence perimeter. In most situations, iron additions take the same amount of labor, time, and money as needed for a wooden installation project.
4. Steel Is More Limited Than You Want
Steel is strong, but it isn’t always stronger than iron or suited to what you want to use it for. Iron is highly durable and a more attractive option than steel for your home. It can also be molded into whatever shape or style best fits your home design, while steel has design limitations. Steel actually wears faster and is susceptible to dents and scratches that lead to premature repairs or the need for replacement, while wrought iron is a durable, long-lasting option.
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From fencing and gates to window guards and doorways, our selection of iron home security additions can transform your property. Artistic Iron Works has a range of styles that will fit your home, as well as custom options if you want something completely unique. Contact our experts today to learn more about our inventory and current options or schedule a consultation.