Wrought iron gates are a great choice not only because of their strength, but also for their durability. Great structures, such as the Eiffel tower are constructed from puddled iron, a form of wrought iron. Ever since the earliest of times, wrought iron gates have been used for protection. Different styles represent different uses of these gates and can be highly customized depending on where they are used and the surrounding architectural style.
Before steel was readily available in large quantities, wrought iron was the most common form of iron. The word “wrought” translates to “worked”, as in worked iron gates. Today wrought iron gates are made from steel. Although many items such as fencing, gates, and garden furniture are now made from steel, they are still called wrought iron because years ago these were worked by hand and the name stuck throughout time. Wrought iron gates have a long history. From the time of the Romans, wrought iron gates were used for protection against invading forces. The middle ages saw a huge influx in the use of handcrafted wrought iron work, including gates. West minster Abbey is adorned with wrought iron gates from the 13th century. Today, wrought iron gates can still be found framing magnificent homes throughout the world because of their durability.
There are many benefits to using wrought iron gates over other types of gates. Of course, the most obvious benefit is the beauty of these gates. Each gate is unique because it is hand forged in different designs. The second benefit is its strength. Today, wrought iron gates are usually made from steel and/or aluminum that is welded, hot-dipped, galvanized and powder coated. These gates will last a lifetime with little maintenance required. Third, wrought iron gates provide security. It would be hard to break through wrought iron vs other types of materials. Often manufacturers will weld the panels to the posts instead of screwing them in. Post screws can be unscrewed, but it’s pretty hard to unweld a welded post.
Even though wrought iron gates are not really made from wrought iron anymore because of its limited availability, the steel used is often hot-dip galvanized to prevent corrosion, which cannot be done with true wrought iron, making the use of steel a benefit over wrought iron. Each installation of wrought iron gates should be carefully planned and done by a professional with past experience. These gates can make a significant difference no matter where they are installed.