How Can You Tell It’s Wrought Iron?


Unlike plastic, wood, or cast iron, wrought iron has unique characters making it identifiable from other materials. Whether you have an outside wrought iron stair railing or just bought a home with a gorgeous indoor staircase, test for wrought iron quickly. Don’t mix up wrought iron with mild steel. Know the difference.

Basic Characteristics

Wrought iron tends to bend and not break. Mild steel has lower workmanship and quality overall. Does the wrought iron stair railing have active corrosion? It’s probably mild steel and not wrought iron. Wrought iron has a unique texture, especially in historical homes and structures. Wrought iron has an uneven surface, especially when it is over a century old.

The Bend Test

How can you tell if it is wrought iron? Nick a sample with a cold chisel. If the fracture shows the grain, it is wrought iron. However, if the fracture has a smooth plain, it most likely is steel.

Spark Test

Did you know you can test wrought iron by the color of its sparks? Puddled wrought iron has a reddish spark. Steel has a white spark. Test the sample on an engineer’s grindstone.

Finding the Right Wrought Iron

Wrought iron provides you a unique strong luxurious material for your home or business. You want the best quality and construction. Avoid cheap materials and options. You need a customized wrought iron fence that offers protection and luxury. When choosing wrought iron consider a few factors:

  • Rust Protection
  • Customized
  • Construction
  • Hardware Options
  • Gate Construction
  • Thickness and Finishes
  • Galvanization
  • Fence Brackets
  • Post Caps
  • E-Coatings
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Experienced Installers

When you decide to build a wrought iron fence or gate, choose installers with experience you can trust. At Master Iron we provide the best customer experience. From beginning to the end trust Master Iron to build high quality staircases and gates for your budget. Let our designers work with you to find the right solution.

Set up your initial consultation with us today. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you. Not sure if you have wrought iron on your property? Let us help you. Contact Master Iron today.