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Wrought Iron vs. Galvanized steel Fencing

Hot dipping wrought Iron does in fact add superior protection.

Bonding - A unique metallurgical bond is created between the zinc and the base steel in the galvanizing process which allows minimal under-film corrosion.

Strength - The ductile outer zinc layer provides good impact resistance to the coating. The Zeta and the Delta layers are actually harder than the base steel providing exceptional damage resistance.

Protection - Zinc coatings tent to be at least as thick if not thicker on the edges where painted products tend to break down first.

Thoroughness - Because the Zinc coating process is done with total submersion the Zinc tends to form a protective barrier on both the inside and outside of the fence or gate section.


Rust proof? Galvanizing any iron/steel product will not keep rust from deteriorating the piece over time. This is why Stainless Steel bolts and screws cost (5x) what zinc coated products cost.

Galvanized product is better than painted wrought iron? Not necessarily. Many "large" production based fence companies would like you to believe this misconception. But, let us share a very important idea. If we painted a tank and galvanized a cheap import car which would you expect to stand the test of time? I'd put my money on the tank.

While researching many large fence competitors we've learned a few things. First it's usually about the bottom line. Second it's usually about marketing a product. These are sad facts. But, they are reality.

When doing your research, ask what gauge pickets are being used. The lower the gauge number the stronger the steel and the stronger the steel the better the weld. It is the areas around parameter of a weld that fail over the long haul. If these areas are thin to begin with as in mass produced welded fences - it is of no surprise that these areas fail over time.

Hardy Fence on Galvanizing - Not necessary on our wrought iron fences but if you insist and are willing to cover the cost. We'd love to galvanize your fence for you.

Hardy Fence on Powder Coating - Powder coating is beyond a doubt superior to paint. Powder coating provides a strong protective surface which inhibits surface scratches and surface rust. But, let me tell you I've never seen a powder coated fence that didn't fade over time. Once faded it's difficult to scuff for repaint; making it very difficult for paint to stick to. Hardy Fences advice is to have us paint the fence every 3-5 years.

Paint your Fence it's your Best Bet - Let us paint your fence at the shop. After "several" years if you have a few surface rust spots or it's fading a bit. It's probably time to touch up the stain on your wooden fence as well. Give us a call - we can help you stain, paint and freshen it all up again.

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