Iron Vs. Wood Fencing: Which is Better?

Iron Vs. Wood Fencing: Which is Better?
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    A sturdy fence and gate not only improve your home's security, but they also add to its value.

    When choosing a fence for your home, you need one that is affordable, durable, and lasts for a long time.

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All of these depend on the material you choose for your fence. For many homeowners, the choice is between iron vs wood fencing. Which of the two is the better option? We are going to compare the two to make it easier for you to choose.

Design Options

Wood is not as flexible or malleable as iron. Most wood fences look the same, with the distinction being the color of the paint applied to them.

Iron, on the other hand, allows for intricate designs with welders and fabricators having the freedom to come up with intricate designs to match your tastes.

This freedom leads to lots of ornamental accents and patterns to choose from when you go with an iron fence.

Maintenance

Because it is a natural material, wood will deteriorate over time especially if it is not taken care of properly.

Wood is susceptible to heat, moisture, and pests, and you might find yourself repairing the fence or replacing sections of it from time to time.

Also, because wood loses its color over time, you have to paint or stain it, both of which can help protect your fence from pests.

Wrought iron fencing is easy to maintain. Although it might be susceptible to rust, it is not affected by weather elements or pests like wood fencing. An iron fencing only needs a new coat of paint every year, rust removal, and annual inspections. This easy maintenance is what makes iron fencing more attractive than timber fencing.

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Durability

As with maintenance, this also comes down to the nature of both of these materials. Due to how susceptible it is to the elements discussed above wood fencing does not last nearly as long as iron fencing. If you give it a fresh coat of paint annually and inspect to ensure there is no rust on it, iron fencing can last for generations.

Security

If they are not installed correctly, iron fences can have footholds that allow an intruder to climb over them. However, that is easily rectified by ensuring vertical cars are used.

Wood panel fences do not offer any foothold, especially when you are on the outside. This makes them very difficult to climb unless the intruder is very determined.

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Cost

Even with all the benefits iron fences have over wood fences, they still lag when it comes to cost. Iron fences are not only expensive to purchase, but they are also expensive to have installed.

Wood fences, on the other hand, are cheaper and do not require a professional to install, You can turn the installation of your new wood fencing into a DIY project and have it done in a few hours or days if you have the right tools and skills.

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Although one might think that choosing between wood and iron fencing is a personal choice, there are clear differences that make one better than the other. Iron fencing comes out on top, although its cost might make you want to consider wood fencing.

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