Wrought Iron Fence Costs: Thickness, Permits, Protection

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic factors that will play a role in the cost of a wrought iron fence. Wrought iron fencing is ideal for those who want to combine amazing aesthetics with quality protection for a property, and how much it will cost you for an installation will vary based on a few important details. 

At Utah Fence Warehouse, wrought iron fences are just one of the numerous high-quality fencing materials we offer to clients throughout Utah. Let’s look at a few of the other most important variables that will help define your wrought iron fence costs, plus how to consider them as you look to stick within your budget.

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Wrought Iron Thickness

One particular element that will play a major role in the cost of a wrought iron fence is the thickness of the metal material. Wrought iron comes in different thickness levels, which will be represented by a gauge number (the lower the number, the thicker the metal).

While 12-gauge wrought iron is on par with what you would find in most residential fences, 10-gauge and 8-gauge fences offer more protection against corrosion and weathering and can be better suited for commercial or industrial properties. As you might expect, the thicker the metal, the higher the cost of the fence.

Permit Needs

Depending on where you live, you might need to obtain some type of permit before having a wrought iron fence installed on your property. The process is usually pretty simple and straightforward, but it will add to the overall cost of the project.

Your installer should be able to help you determine if a permit is needed in your case, and if so, can typically take care of the paperwork for you.

Brick Columns?

A common format used for wrought iron fences, often in place of normal fence posts, is the use of brick columns. Brick columns can act as a nice design element to complement the wrought iron, but they will also add to the cost of the project.

The precise costs here will depend on a few things, including which kind of brick is used, the height and width of the columns, and any additional labor costs involved in their construction.

Rust Protection or Painting

Many clients installing wrought iron fences will opt to have them powder coated, a process that helps protect the metal against rust and corrosion. This adds to the overall cost of the project but can be worth it in the long run since it will help your fence last longer.

Another option is to simply paint the wrought iron fence after installation, though this will need to be repeated more often to maintain the same level of protection.

For more on the factors that influence the cost of a wrought iron fence, or to learn about any of our great fence options, speak to the team at Utah Fence Warehouse today.