Throughout my stretch living in London, I developed a crush. On wrought iron fences. Stately, sturdy, and secure, what’s not to like? Although it is considered the king of fence components, wrought iron comes with trade offs. The cost and design may not be for everyone.

Read on for everything you want to know about wrought iron fences to decide if they are best for you:

What is wrought iron?

Technically wrought iron is a extremely low carbon iron alloy (as compared to higher carbon, and more “fragile,” cast iron) which is very sturdy and pliable, historically making it the iron of choice for shaping. Due to production breakthroughs and cost concerns, wrought iron is no longer developed en masse. The term wrought iron now commonly is applicable to any iron (most typically mild steel) which is hammered, turned, or bent into shape – or looks as if it has.

Real wrought iron is a commodity nowadays. Since wrought ironwork is developed by hand, small irregularities (as well as hammer marks) are usually apparent and valued as proof of the smith’s craft. While there may be small iron smiths that still create solid wrought iron work, it is hard to discover and hard to fund.

What are the benefits of wrought iron fencing?

Long Lasting: Wrought iron is an exceedingly long lasting product that will last for many years. Unlike wood, it won’t dry out, rot, warp, or deteriorate quickly.
Strong: Wrought iron fencing is much stronger than other common fencing materials. Due to the fact wrought iron is so hard to break, it is better than lots of other fences for safety purposes.

Wrought iron’s strength and toughness enable it to support plants (a built-in trellis).

Great Visibility: Wrought iron fencing styles have rails spread apart for a thin profile that allows the backdrop to be the focus.
Elegant, Classic Style: perhaps the most stylish fencing product around, wrought iron could be customized to be as simple or embellished as you like.