Decorative Architectural Applications of Wrought Iron

Apr 8, 2021 | Custom Metal Works

Decorative Architectural Applications of Wrought Iron

From a bespoke ornate staircase and elegant driveway gates to restoring architecture and preserving history as we know it, wrought iron has been providing that exquisite touch when it comes to refined architectural styles and designs.

In the past, wrought iron was widely used in almost everything — nuts and bolts, nails, horseshoes, rails, railway couplings, pipes, ironclad ships, the exterior of historic buildings, and more. Today, this iron alloy is sought after for conservation work and ornamental purposes. 

Why Wrought Iron Is Best For Decorative, Customized Architectural Pieces

Let’s look at what makes wrought iron stand out and why it is an excellent choice for custom-designed, high-end architecture for your home. 

What Are the Capabilities of Wrought Iron?

Compared to cast iron and steel, wrought iron has a significantly lower carbon content (less than 0.1%). Through the years, there have been different methods of producing wrought iron. Essentially, all of them involve intense heating, beating, and stretching to achieve a refined or forged product.

Wrought iron also contains slag (the material left behind when pure iron is extracted from its raw ore) and gives it a characteristic fibrous nature. It has a wide array of advantages  — tensile strength, malleability, and resistance to corrosion, among others.

Wrought iron can easily be worked and welded into various forms and shapes when it is heated. It will bend under extreme heat and does not dent, dimple, or collapse. Although wrought iron will corrode when it is left open to air and moisture, it is still much more resistant to rust compared to regular iron.

With great welding, threading, and forming qualities, wrought iron is the perfect material for a variety of decorative ironworks.

Is Wrought Iron Stronger Than Steel?

Steel and wrought iron have similar properties, especially when it comes to malleability and tensile strength. Wrought iron, however, is extremely strong and durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions and heavy debris. It is also less prone to rusting compared to steel.

Longevity is also not a problem as wrought iron is a material that can stand strong for hundreds of years. That’s why intricate ironwork has become a staple of historical architecture and popular for achieving that classic ornamental look. 

Many of the wrought iron beams and railings supporting balconies, wrought iron gates, and other wrought iron ornaments that date back to the 13th century remain in excellent condition. 

Why Is Wrought Iron Used For Ornamental Work?

Wrought iron’s impressive malleability gives it the edge when it comes to highly detailed and visually stunning masterpieces. You’ll get the freedom and flexibility to customize a one-of-a-kind design, as the material can easily be moulded into almost any shape or pattern you can think of.

With wrought iron, you can play with a wide range of ornamental patterns, accents, and eye-catching decorative designs that combine functionality and elegance to increase the overall value of your property. 

Whether you’re looking for an indoor ornate staircase that elevates the timeless look of your home or you’re going for a contemporary flair for your space, wrought iron has got you covered. 

There’s nothing quite like a wrought iron staircase, with all its decorative balusters and ornate newels, that can add that wow factor and drama to your property. You can work with expert fabricators and welders to create your own design that makes a bold statement and reflects your unique character and tastes. 

The sky’s the limit when it comes to the patterns and styles that you can mix and match to create your ideal staircase. You can get inspiration from the Victorian era or those with antique, vintage styles. Make your wrought iron staircase more modern by playing with floral patterns, layers of spirals, quirky yet elegant loops, sleek vertical lines, and the like. 

Adding wrought iron driveway gates will not only enhance the protection of your property but also give your home that cutting-edge look that stands out from the rest. These gates offer an attractive entrance-way and focal point that leaves a lasting impression on anyone who visits your property.

With wrought iron driveway gates, you get the best of sophistication and superior strength. It’s worth adding that extra attention to detail when you want to keep your property secure while staying in style. 

From flat top, bow top, post ball, and other popular gate styles to even art nouveau and Victorian grandeur, there are a lot of stunning ironwork designs that can complement your property and make it truly unique. 

Why Choose Naddour’s Custom Metalworks for Decorative Iron Works?

Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to exquisite craftsmanship and excellent customer service make Naddour’s Custom Metalworks the premier choice for ornamental iron projects in Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego, and Northern California.

When you hire our team to do the job, you can rest easy knowing that we’ll go the extra mile to capture your vision and provide you with exceptional masterpieces that exceed your expectations. No matter how extensive your requirements are, we’ll collaborate with you every step of the way to deliver uncompromising quality.

The passion and hard work that our experienced artisans bring to every job are second to none. They combine proven techniques and the most advanced tools and technologies to ensure that every detail is perfect and every piece is custom-made to fit your space’s specifications and measurements.

From traditional to ultra-modern and everything in between, our fabricators and designers can bring your design dreams to life and leave you with flawless products that showcase the highest levels of artistry and skill. We stop at nothing to achieve results that stand the test of time and are nothing less than extraordinary, practical, functional, durable, and safe. 

Schedule your free consultation! We are very excited and always ready to discuss how we can work together to create functional works of art that speak volumes about your unique property. 

Give us a call today at (714) 266-1950 to find out how we take the elegance of ornamental wrought iron to new heights to boost the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your home. 

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