Black metal fences are aesthetically pleasing, and they are often required by homeowner’s associations. They vary greatly in options and pricing. Though wrought iron is a durable and exquisite product, it is comes at an enormous expense (starting at $125 per linear foot). Currently hollow steel or hollow weatherproof aluminum are passable substitutes for wrought iron (averaging $10-15 per foot).
In the Colonial era, only the affluent could afford an imported luxury such as wrought iron. By definition, wrought iron is hand-crafted iron. In Victorian times, blacksmithing became a more common trade in America. Metalwork became a popular architectural feature. Foundries responded to this demand by mass producing elaborately detailed posts, pickets, and scrollwork. In the 1800’s many homes featured this beautiful product as details became of paramount importance in the architecture of finer homes.
Upon purchase of a historical home, it might be required by preservation regulations to repair or rebuild wrought iron fences using specialists who choose materials in keeping with the original product. In the event that more autonomy is afforded to the homeowner, options are available to keep the cost of such fences at a more surmountable pricepoint.
A four-foot-tall tubular aluminum prefabricated fence panel costs approximately $12 per square foot, installation not included. Hollow steel will average $15 per square foot, and solid steel typically costs around $85 per square foot. Installation on aluminum and hollow steel can be performed by very experienced amateurs, but solid steel and cast iron is best left to seasoned professionals.
The maintenance on these fence types is significantly greater than wooden fences. Rust-proof aluminum requires the least amount of maintenance, while steel and iron need to be painted as scratches occur in order to prevent rust.
No matter which type of black fence you choose, contact www.pratvillefencecontractor.com to guide you to the option that best suits your needs.