Tip of the Month – November 2015
Wrought Iron Fencing
Securing property within a community is most often a very important concern within HOA developments. Many HOA communities require that homeowners access the property through a secure gate or even a security guard. In addition to this security measure, many communities will use wrought iron as a decorative security measure around the perimeter offering both an enhanced look as well as protection from unwanted guests.
With the addition of finials, shepherd hooks or a combination of both your upgrade can update the look of your current fencing or have it pre-designed with these additions. This will add character and value to your community as well as a deterrent to potential intruders.
Combining both the shepherd hook style and the use of points at the top can also be effective in preventing people from trying to climb the fence into your community. When you sharpen the end of the wrought iron, and then bend it to point outwards, towards an area where people might want to climb the fence, you will deter them from entering a secure area.
The security of your community should always be an important concern. Keeping unwanted guests out of a property can reduce theft and vandalism. Not only are you adding security and character to your wrought iron fencing but you would also be securing your property.
Brief History of Wrought Iron
Wrought iron has been used throughout history to build ancient structures, warships and railways. The use of wrought iron has extended through wars, building of kingdoms and provided structures that have since become historical landmarks. The term “wrought iron” is a literal translation of “worked iron” since the word wrought was originally the word used for “worked”.
Before modern steel making was developed, wrought iron was the most convenient form of malleable iron, meaning that it is not as brittle as cast iron. At the peak of wrought iron usage, it was used for the manufacturing of nearly everything all over the world.
Examples of early ironwork date back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as far back as 3500 B.C. Around the 8th century B.C., early civilizations such as the Hittites and the Mycenaean Greeks began equipping their armies with iron swords.
Because the iron element and style is so universal, wrought iron furniture and iron decor can be found in many communities, homes, or commercial establishments.