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If you are considering installing a fence in your yard or commercial space, you may be wondering what material you should choose. Metal fencing has come a long, long way technologically. In the past, the process was not streamlined or efficient like it is today. Thanks to these innovations, fencing is now more accessible, affordable, and reliable than ever.

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If you’re on the fence (pun intended) about the material for your fence—read further.

Wrought Iron

The truth is that traditional wrought iron fencing just isn’t as common as it once was. It’s rare to see blacksmiths forming hot metal in their shops for fencing. Advancements in science and technology have mostly rendered wrought iron fencing obsolete. Of the three, wrought iron is also the most prone to rust, which presents an aesthetic and security issue. Aluminum and steel fencing offer more benefits with less maintenance than wrought iron fencing and are generally more cost effective.

For those reasons, we won’t dwell on any details. Let’s move on to the Pros & Cons of aluminum and steel fencing.

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Aluminum

Aluminum fencing is the most common and versatile metal fence materials. Its cost-effective pricing and versatility make it a popular choice.

Pros:

Durability

Aluminum fencing is a sturdy material for residential and most commercial projects. High-quality aluminum fences can last a lifetime. Fencing is an investment, just like any other addition or renovation you would make to your property.

Variety of Designs

Aluminum is a very malleable material, allowing it to be molded into ornamental designs for a variety of aesthetic styles. Whether you are looking for sleek, modern design; minimalist simplicity; or ornate, classic details—there will be an aluminum fencing option for you.

Reasonable Cost

Compared to other metal fencing options, aluminum is generally the most cost-effective. However, this will vary widely depending on the demands of your space and design. The best way to know is to schedule a consultation with fencing professionals.

Low-Maintenance

Aluminum fencing will not rust. This makes it ideal for a low-maintenance, secure fencing. Not only is rust unsightly; it threatens the security and structural integrity of your fence.

Cons:

Not for Highly Secure Commercial or Industrial Projects

Aluminum is secure for the vast majority of residential and commercial projects. However, if you’re looking to keep large animals in or out of your area or need an extremely secure fence, steel fencing may be the appropriate security option.

Not for Privacy

If you’re looking for a privacy fence, aluminum generally isn’t used for these projects. Check out vinyl or wood instead.

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Steel:

Steel fencing is most common in commercial and high-security commercial spaces. Steel is much stronger than aluminum but isn’t always necessary for most projects.

Pros:

Extreme Security

Steel fencing provides high-level strength and security. If your space needs to be virtually impenetrable, steel may be the better option. However, most projects outside of high-security commercial or industrial spaces do not need this type of fencing.

Aesthetics

If you need to communicate a strong “STAY OUT” message to anyone who sees your fence, steel will do the trick. However, if you’re looking to have a welcoming and friendly aesthetic to your space, steel may send the wrong message.

Cons:

Less Versatile

As discussed, steel is very strong. Given this, it is not as easy to mold into as decorative or ornate designs. Fencing is just as much an aesthetic choice as a function one. Consider this as you’re deciding on a material.

Expensive (Comparatively)

Steel will almost always be more expensive than aluminum given its superior strength. If you do not need the increased extreme security, consider if this cost is worth it for your space.

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More Maintenance (Can rust if you don’t maintain it)

Rust can be a costly, unsightly issue once it begins to form. Steel can rust, unlike aluminum. This is the trade-off that comes with its increased strength. You will need to maintain it. The best way to do this is with a protective anti-rust coating. If you don’t want to worry about maintenance, consider aluminum.

You may also be interested in wood fences, a time-honored and reliable fence. Depending on what exactly you need your fence to do, protect from, or aesthetics, there is a lot of choice and great options

These choices and tradeoffs may add up to more than you feel you can handle on your own. As always, the experts at Sharon Fence are here to help with all the important considerations that come with adding fencing to your yard in the Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Southwest New York State regions. Reach out today to consult with one of our experts on the right fencing solutions for your property.