The Advantages of Wrought Iron

By knowing the advantages of wrought iron, you can plan a more secure great looking home.  A home that will last for decades to come.

What is this iron alloy?

Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon (less than 0.08%) content in contrast to cast iron that may have 2.1 to 4% carbon.  Iron alloy is cast iron containing alloying elements (usually nickel or chromium or copper or molybdenum) to increase the strength of the iron or cause it to handle heat. Wrought iron is a semi-fused mass of iron with fibrous slag inclusions (up to 2% by weight), which gives it a “grain” resembling wood that is visible when it is etched or bent to the point of failure.

How to clean Wrought Iron

A mild mixture of water and dish soap can be used to clean all surfaces. On intricate pieces, dip a small nylon scrubbing brush, or a toothbrush in soapy water. Use it to scrub crevices and tight curves. Rinse with clear water. On outdoor furniture or wrought railings, you can spray them with a garden hose.

Outdoor furniture that is made of aluminum, both extruded or cast, will not rust. This is because aluminum is a non-ferrous metal which means it has no iron in it. Less expensive, inferior wrought iron or steel furniture is far more likely to rust than high-quality wrought or steel furniture.

The difference between cast iron and wrought iron.

Cast iron is iron that has been melted, poured into a mold, and allowed to cool. Typically cast iron is non-malleable, hard and brittle. … Wrought iron resists fatigue and has a higher tensile strength than cast iron.

Durable and Long-Lasting. Wrought fencing is made primarily of iron but with a little bit of carbon, which makes it very strong but also malleable enough to be turned into wrought iron fencing. Therefore, one of the significant advantages is how long it lasts.