Wrought iron fencing has many benefits—it is durable, low maintenance, secure, and can add monetary value to your home. Because it is also customisable, the addition of intricate designs and patterns can add a unique point of difference and increase your property’s appeal. And although it’s not the cheapest type of fencing out there, its beautiful aesthetics more than make up for the financial investment required. So how much does a wrought iron fence cost?
What determines the cost?
The cost of erecting a wrought iron fence can vary depending on a range of factors, including:
- The material used to construct it
- The height and length
- The simplicity of the design
- The soil type it’s being built on
- The fence’s foundations
- Whether the old fence needs to be removed
- Whether gates need to be installed
- Whether the fence needs to be painted or stained
- Land terrain. For example, if the land is uneven, flat or sloping. If the soil around where the fence will go is particularly soft or rocky, the cost may also increase because of the extra work involved. A straight fence is typically cheaper than a fence installed on an undulating or sloping block.
How much do wrought iron fences cost to install?
The cost of a fence is typically charged on a per metre basis, and when it comes to wrought iron fences, this is usually between $650 to $1,200 per metre, although customisation may add to the cost. In order to quote accurately, your fencing contractor will visit your property to inspect the site. They will then provide an itemised quote that includes materials and labour.
How much does it cost to maintain a wrought iron fence?
Wrought iron is one of the most impressive and beautiful materials that can be used throughout your home. However, it does have a downside. Because it contains a lot of carbon atoms and these atoms come into contact with dirt, grime or moisture, rust can quickly form. Maintenance tips for wrought iron fencing include:
Cleaning it regularly
Sand, dirt and dust are made up of tiny particles that can scratch the surface of wrought iron and wear away its coating, which makes it susceptible to rust. Regular cleaning is one of the best ways to prevent rust from forming, as it washes away these abrasive materials that can collect on the surface of the wrought iron.
Abrasive materials can also often disguise hidden rust underneath, so removing them will enable you to then deal with rust spots. To clean wrought iron, all you will need is a cloth, a sponge, warm water and a mild, non-intrusive cleaner like liquid soap, so the cost is minimal. You can find out more about the process here.
If rust spots become evident, they can be filed down with sandpaper, a piece of steel wool or a coarse wire brush, which is, again, a cost-effective maintenance method. For more extensive rust or if you live in an area where rust quickly forms, it is worth buying a portable sandblaster, which will cost around $60.
Applying a metal protection product
Another wrought iron fence maintenance tip is to apply a protective product that will slow down the rusting process. These include epoxy enamels, zinc-based primers and silicone-based products. Each has its own pros and cons, and many also come in a range of different colours and glosses (flat, satin etc.), allowing you to match your designed look.
The Dulux brand offers a wide range of wrought iron metal protection products, including:
Dulux Metalshield Premium
This is a UV-resistant silicone modified enamel topcoat with superior weathering properties compared to that of conventional alkyd enamels. A four-litre tin costs around $140.
Dulux Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Gloss
This product protects against rust and corrosion and requires no primer if it is being applied to wrought iron surfaces. It comes in a wide range of colours and a four litre tin costs around $100.
Dulux Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Satin
Similar to the Dulux Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Gloss, it is available in Flat White and Satin Black bases and a four litre tin costs around $100.
Dulux Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Flat
This is similar to the Dulux Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Satin, and a four litre tin costs around $100.
Dulux Metalshield All Surface Primer
This is a fast-dry, thin-film zinc phosphate primer for all metal surfaces, which has excellent adhesion. A four litre tin costs around $75.
Dulux Metalshield Cold Galv Primer
This zinc-rich, anti-corrosive primer contains a high level of zinc metal that provides cathodic protection and a highly effective barrier against moisture. A four litre tin costs around $175.