Is a Wrought Iron Fence More Expensive Than Wood?

Is a Wrought Iron Fence More Expensive Than Wood?

There are many different fence materials you can make. Breaking it down by each material would be incredibly time-consuming. Stead, this article will address two of the more popular variants. So, is a wrought iron fence more expensive than wood?

The short answer: typically yes. Wrought iron fencing averages anywhere from $20 to $40 per foot. Meanwhile, wood averages out at about $10 to $30 per foot. Of course, the type of wood you use may create exceptions to the rule.

Below, we will detail how these costs might fluctuate. We will also create further arguments in the case of wrought iron fencing.

Considering the Long-Term Costs of Wrought Iron vs. Wood

When comparing costs, the base numbers tell us that wrought iron is far more expensive. However, how do those costs compare over a more extended period?

A long-term cost comparison is essential, as maintaining the fence will almost always exceed the installation costs. That’s because most people who install fencing will want to make that fencing last year.

Why Wrought Iron Is Better Considering Long-Term Costs

Wrought iron is an instant winner when it comes to long-term cost comparisons.


Because wrought iron is sturdier when compared to the wooden alternative. While some treatments can help make wood last decades, those treatments will eventually need refreshing.  

Wrought iron, on the other hand, needs to be regularly cleaned with over-the-counter cleaning materials. There’s no treatment required for metal to last longer because metal is already naturally incredibly long-lasting.

The Second Argument for Wrought Iron Fencing – Easier Installation

Wrought iron fencing only beats wood due to more straightforward installation. Wrought iron typically comes in chunks, meaning there’s less chance of human error.

You might think this not to be the case, as human hands make wrought. However, most metal cutting technology uses advanced CNC machines. As a result, a programmer creates something that can cut your metal to precise specifications.

Wood, on the other hand, is typically built by planks. While a good contractor can work wonders, no contractor can outperform a machine. There will always be greater chances for human error.  

Other Cases Where Wrought Iron Outperforms Wood Fencing

Wrought iron outperforms wood fencing in a few other areas:

  • Wrought iron cannot rot. As a result, it will not show signs of decay before wood. This is the case regardless of how good your wood treatment is
  • Even if your iron does rust, it’s much easier to remove rust than remove wood damage. Many times, wood damage requires replacements of entire fence chunks
  • Metal fencing will always have more excellent water resistance than wood.

On the other hand, wood is still great for some applications, such as a privacy fence or those who prefer wood design.

Final Thoughts

While wrought iron fencing typically has a higher up-front creation and installation cost, wood has a higher long-term cost. The removal of rust generally is the worst-case scenario you’ll run into with wood.

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