Wrought-iron fencing suits nearly every style of Florida structure and enhances the appearance of the architecture it surrounds. Whether your home is a contemporary split-level or a rambling, 1875 Gothic Revival estate, wrought-iron fences give your property a look of stunning, crisp definition.
Wrought-iron fences enhance the quality of life on a piece of land in several ways. Here are five of them.
- Wrought-Iron Fences Let the Breezes Flow
In South Florida, the ever-present Gulf winds keep the high temperatures bearable. A wooden privacy fence or post-and-board fence will block ground-level breezes from reaching your back porch or balcony.
A metal fence with ample airflow allows the gentle air currents to flow unimpeded through your yard. When winds are more forceful, wooden and vinyl boards and panels may loosen or topple from the forceful wind currents. Properly-installed wrought-iron fences allow strong winds to pass through the material.
Winds and breezes also carry debris from nearby yards and storms. The accumulated mess can end up stacked in a wet pile along the bottom of wooden or chain-link fencing. Over time, the bottom of the fence suffers. The wood rots or the chain link bends out of shape and corrodes.
Most windblown leaves and other debris pass through wrought-iron fencing into your yard. You or your gardening crew can clean up the mess from the safety of your property instead of along the roadside.
- Wrought Iron Keeps the View Intact
Wood picket and privacy fences block any view of you, but they also block you from the view. Even highly ornate wrought iron allows you to see what’s on the other side of the fence. If you want security, but you also want to see the golf course, the marsh, or the Gulf of Mexico, have a wrought-iron fence installed.
If you prefer more privacy along some stretches of your iron fence, plant permanent shrubs and hedges along the fence line. To block the view during tourist season, plant temporary flower or veggie vines that climb the fence but don’t last forever.
Wrought-iron fences allow for great flexibility in design, so the street view of your property is also elegant and coordinated. Choose straight balustrades for a modern home and ornate wrought-iron creations for a historic Mediterranean or Italianate style home. A well-made wrought-iron fence looks good from both sides.
- Wrought-Iron Fences Allow Sunlight to Reach Landscaping
With some fencing styles, plants may be hard to grow on your side of the barrier. The fence creates too much shade for sun-loving plants to tolerate. A wrought-iron fence allows you to plant your favorite annuals and perennials on either side of the panels.
If you plan to grow privacy shrubs along your wrought-iron fence, you can choose from a wide array of ornamental and fruit-producing varieties. You aren’t limited to only those hedges that can manage shady conditions.
- Wrought-Iron Fences Don’t Get Bugs or Wood Rot
Contemporary wrought-iron fences are available in a wide variety of materials from cast-iron to aluminum to steel. Traditional wrought-iron is made of a low-carbon alloy that’s much stronger than cast iron. Mold, mildew, and fungi won’t attack and rot the metal the way these outdoor invaders decay wood fencing.
Florida residents with wood fencing must also watch out for wood-chewing and wood-tunneling insects that are abundant in the area. The lovely mild temperatures in the South Florida region mean that wood-loving insect-pests thrive in and destroy wooden fencing all year.
Your wrought-iron fence won’t be attacked by:
- Powderpost beetles
- Carpenter ants
- Carpenter bees
Dogs can’t chew through the metal as they can with wood and vinyl fencing. If security from intruders is an issue, your wrought-iron fence can be made in a climb-proof design that features ornamental and protective elements along the top of the fence.
- Wrought-Iron Fences Need Minimal Care
The high salt and moisture content of South Florida air will eventually corrode most metals. However, your wrought-iron fencing can be protected from damage with yearly cleaning and surface touch-ups. Even if rust or corrosion is discovered on a traditional iron fence, it won’t significantly weaken the material unless left unchecked for years.
If rust spots are found in random places on the wrought iron, they can be easily sanded away and re-painted or re-sealed. Many beautiful colors of paint are available to create your own landscape look.
- Navy blue
- Venetian red
- Prussian blue
- Forest green
Experts recommend that you repaint traditional wrought iron at least every 15 years to refresh the look and surface protection of the metal.
Contact the wrought-iron fence specialists at Carter Fence Company Inc. to schedule installation of your new custom residential fence. We custom fabricate all styles of iron fencing and gates to enhance your property anywhere in the Southwest Florida region.