Choosing Iron vs Aluminum Railings

Searching for an elegant and functional set of railings or fencing for your home? The fine professionals at Cacciola Iron Works can manufacture and install beautiful iron or aluminum railings both inside and outdoors. They come in a variety of different styles and colors to choose from to fit the décor of your residence perfectly. But which is best for you: aluminum or iron? Here are some of the advantages of our iron and aluminum railings how best to choose when it comes time to renovate or build.

Iron

Perhaps the most common type of iron railing (and the kind we use to create both our interior and exterior railings) is wrought iron, which is powder-coated to keep the iron protected from the elements and free of corrosion. Once only affordable by the wealthy, iron railings are enjoyed today by people of many financial backgrounds. Once properly sealed and with proper maintenance, you can expect your outdoor iron railings and fencing to last up to 25 years, and even longer for indoor railings. It is advised that iron fencing be inspected yearly for flaws or deterioration of the powder coating, and the first signs of corrosion should be cleaned and recoated.

Aluminum

The most abundant element in Earth’s crust, Aluminum is well-known for its strength, light weight, and low cost. If you’re worried about your fencing or railings deteriorating in the rain and snow, choose aluminum: it is very weather resistant and durable. Unlike iron, aluminum has an oxide coating that keeps it free of corrosion. It can also be powder coated to add color and further protection. To clean, all you need is water, a non-abrasive soap, and a sponge. If you live near the ocean, you may find hinges and fasteners on railings and gates may have trouble with oxidation occasionally. If this occurs, all you’ll need if a light layer of floor or car wax periodically.

When it comes down to it, Cacciola Iron Works quality and pricing makes both iron and aluminum railings and fencing good choices. It all comes down to a few differences in maintenance and a matter of taste. If you’re ready to make your home beautiful, contact us today for a quote or check out our gallery of work.

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