Wood or Iron?

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What Fence Should You Invest In, Wood or Iron?

As most homeowners know, there is a sense of pride when it comes to building an addition to your property. Whether it’s through internal or external renovations, a lot of time and energy is applied to ensure that the best choices are made.

One project on the minds of many homeowners, both new and those looking to sell, is the addition of a fence. The edition of a fence provides a stronger sense of ownership to its dwellers, while it also adds a fresh and unique touch to the property.

When considering what material to use when constructing your home’s fence, the first thing people consider will be a traditional wooden fence. However, that may not always be the best case. One of the best alternative materials used for fencing is metal wrought iron fences.

Iron fences are extremely versatile and can be shaped into many different designs. This allows the homeowner to customize their fence to match the house or esthetic they are hoping to achieve. While there are still some limitations when it comes to designing the look of your fence, ironwork on metal fences provides greater deals while at the same time doesn’t jeopardize the stability of the fence itself.

On the other hand, wood fences do provide a clean and uniform look that relies primarily on the natural beauty of the wood. The tight panels allow for a sense of privacy by obstructing the view of your neighbors. Iron fences have more spacing between panels that are great if you want to keep the view from your house but does not have complete privacy.

The overall price of the wood may vary depending on the type and amount of materials you will need. While the initial installation may be cheaper than an iron fence, the cost remains significant due to its extensive upkeep. Depending on the type of wood you used for the fence, it will need to be replaced every four to ten years and you will also have to pay for maintenance during this time. Partnered with the harsh Chicago weather, wood tends to rot and the paint ultimately chips.

Unlike wood fences, iron fences are resistant to all types of weather conditions Chicago may throw at them and can last strong and study for at least 20 years. This type of material has very low maintenance and will stay looking brand new. While there is still some risk of the occasional rust spots, the paints used are designed to protect the material from rusting.

In the end, you want the best material that will match the look and feel of your home. It’s important to know the benefits and downsides of both types of materials before committing to a project. Hopefully, this information has helped you to understand key factors at play for both materials and now you’re able to confidently make your decision.

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