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What are the Different Types of Cast Iron Fencing?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

As an alternative to other types of materials as well as to more expensive and rarer wrought iron fencing, cast iron fencing is a cost-conscious and durable choice for perimeter fencing in any yard or business. Cast iron fencing can be quite simple and relatively easy to install, as many companies produce fence panels that can be affixed to posts easily. Such iron fences come in a variety of styles, thicknesses, and sizes to accommodate most applications. Aesthetically, cast iron fencing can fit the classic Victorian look, or it can fit more modern designs; some fence panels come in other colors besides black as well.

Wrought iron fencing has historically been the iron fencing of choice for homes and businesses, but the cost of such fencing can end up being the deciding factor between wrought iron and less expensive cast iron fencing. Wrought iron fencing is often elaborately designed, and to achieve this design, the iron has to be worked by hand. This is a labor-intensive job, making the finished product quite expensive. Cast iron fencing is made by heating iron until it is in liquid form, then pouring it into molds or casts to form the shape. Casts can be made to produce an elaborately designed finished product or an aesthetically simple one, making cast iron a great choice for a less expensive and visually attractive fence.

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Ornamental cast iron fencing is common around gardens, cemeteries, and other areas striving for a more Gothic look. The designs often mimic traditional wrought iron designs, and cast iron fences end up being just as strong and beautiful. Some more ornamental cast iron fences may even feature additional accents such as arches, gateways, or benches to further enhance the aesthetics of the area. While cast iron, like wrought iron, is often black, it can be painted or otherwise tinted into other colors. Silver or gray are both common choices, though other colors are often available.

Simpler cast iron fence options feature a more straightforward design meant to be strong, relatively attractive, and less expensive than the more ornate versions. These fences are built from cast iron panels affixed to posts spaced at regular intervals. The posts themselves can be made from iron as well, but for a more ornate look, the iron panels are often affixed to brick or concrete posts. This enhances the aesthetics as well as the overall strength of the finished fence.

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