Although they seem similar; wrought iron and steel are about as different from each other as night and day. Wrought or “worked” iron is created when liquid iron is combined with a material called slag that helps it maintain a low carbon content. The various processes for making wrought iron require years of dedication and training as it is an artisanal trade that is usually passed on from generation to generation. Steel; on the other hand, is made by combining iron with other elements and compounds to create an alloy. It’s manufactured using workers, machines, and robots that work in huge mills or foundries.

So when considering which material to use for your home’s gate and fences, why invest in wrought iron over steel? There are three main points you need to examine when choosing the right material to use:

Invest in Strength and Durability – Wrought iron is consistently durable when manufactured correctly. Steel’s mass production methods can produce inferior, low-quality material. The cheaper price usually means less durable material.

Invest in Longevity – There is a reason why many wrought iron tools, implements, and structures that were built long ago exist today: wrought iron is less prone to corrosion and weathering, and with proper care can last for generations.  

Invest in Beauty – Where wrought iron shines is its ability to be worked into intricate designs and shapes. Wrought iron fences and gates can be highly ornamental, and can add to your home’s curb appeal.

So when choosing between wrought iron and steel; remember that wrought iron offers many advantages that most types of steel cannot. For sheer beauty, longevity, and durability; wrought iron just can’t be beat.

With over 35 years of experience in ornamental iron work, Cacciola Iron Works can create a one-of-a-kind custom wrought iron gate and fences that will add safety and a touch of decorative elegance to your home’s exterior, and we will work with you to design and create whatever motif or style of fence or gate you require. We also create iron balconies and rails for both interior and exterior use, as well as aluminum railings and balconies. Give us a call at 973-595-0854, send us a fax at 973-595-6712, or contact us online for all of your iron and aluminum custom projects; your questions, and for more information.