Bringing New Life To Antiquated Wrought Iron Fences

Initially, wrought iron fencing was a sign of grand stature if it guarded a particular property. This often hand-crafted fencing was reserved for only the most demure and stately structures, like churches, mansions, or castles. However, with advances in manufacturing techniques, wrought iron fencing became a popular fencing choice for every structure owner. By the mid 1800s, this fencing started to show up in sales catalogs in varying designs and was readily available.

If you are lucky enough to inherit an antiquated wrought iron fence with your property, don't be too quick to get rid of it no matter what condition it may be in. Older wrought iron fencing is actually quite the valuable find. There are a few ways to bring new life to antiquated wrought iron fencing if you decide to keep it on your property. 

Have the fencing sandblasted to eliminate paint and debris.

Wrought iron is a durable material for sure, much more so than fencing counterparts made of wood or vinyl. However, exposure to the elements of time can leave the fencing with rusty stains and corrosion that will be anything but appealing. Therefore, it is not at all uncommon to find wrought iron fencing that is layered with coat after coat of paint. Paint was often a preferred way to give rough fencing a brand new look and still is, but it is much better to eliminate all the old added layers of paint by sandblasting the fencing sections. Sandblasting will take off the layers of crud and leave you with fence pieces that look much more like what the pieces were when they were originally crafted. 

Have your fencing sections resurfaced or recast. 

Modern iron workers can work miracles with old pieces of wrought iron. They can use a recasting technique to add an entirely new layer of iron material that covers every last rod, bend, and filigree ribbon to keep it protected. This is a nice choice if a fencing section is pretty badly corroded or misshapen. 

Leave a little of the ruggedness behind. 

When you have a piece of wrought iron fencing that could've very well been hanging around for a few hundred years, it deserves to retain a little of its natural character. There is a certain level of elegance that comes from some ruggedness on iron fencing. Hammer marks, slight bends, or minor damages can actually help preserve the historical look of a dated fence. 

To learn more, contact a company like Budget Iron Works