Wrought Iron FAQs
At Precise Iron Doors, we are committed to manufacturing high-quality products and creating custom doors out of our clients’ ideas and visions. Our wrought iron doors are produced with the finest workmanship. Professional service exceeds our customers’ expectations every step of the way, from the first consultation to shipping and installation, to any service needed thereafter.
We are also dedicated to educating our customers. Modern iron doors are sophisticated and highly varied. They come in many colors and finishes and numerous glass and screen options are available. Wrought iron is one of the most sought-after materials for front doors. If you’re not familiar with its qualities and benefits, here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
What Is Wrought Iron?
Wrought iron is a metal alloy. It differs from iron, a chemical element and durable metal used in construction and manufacturing, in that its carbon content is very low. Other elements, such as silicon, sulfur, phosphorous, and manganese, may be included in small amounts. Unlike other ferrous metals, wrought iron contains slag fibers, so it can sometimes resemble wood. There are roughly 250,000 slag inclusions per square inch, creating a desirable grain-like texture.1
How Is Wrought Iron Made?
It is made by heating raw materials and shaping them with specialized tools. In the process, contaminants are removed and the iron is melted. The term “wrought” refers to the iron being shaped by hand, hammered, or otherwise worked by tools. Often, wrought iron is produced by combining pig iron with other types of scrap iron or steel. It is highly malleable, meaning it can be shaped and molded in many ways. The process of making it, however, requires a high level of expertise and is not something a novice can do on their own.
What’s the Difference Between Wrought Iron and Regular Iron?
Unlike other types of iron, wrought iron is highly ductile and corrosion-resistant. This means it won’t lose its strength after being bent or shaped; the casting process can even make it stronger. Wrought iron can be heated over and over again. It is resistant to fatigue, is highly elastic, and has high tensile strength, making it favorable for making doors, fences, railings, and other products.
Are Rod Iron and Wrought Iron the Same Thing?
Rod iron is most often a misspelling of wrought iron, so one may be referring to the same material. More rarely, it refers to iron shaped into rods or iron used when making nails from a bar. There is no such thing as rod iron doors.
Does Wrought Iron Rust?
As corrosion resistant as it is, wrought iron is not impervious to rust. High humidity and moisture can affect it over time. However, proper maintenance can help protect your door. Rust stains can be removed with a fine steel-wool pad dipped into a small amount of kerosene (wear eye protection and gloves and don’t work near open flames), while a wire brush can be used to scrub off rust flakes.
Wrought iron is relatively easy to clean. You can easily remove dirt and other contaminants using a cloth dipped in soap and water. Then just wipe the door dry with a lint-free cloth. Doing this regularly can protect your investment.
Is Wrought Iron Expensive?
A wrought iron door is more expensive than other types but is generally considered worth the investment. The cost of them varies with the type of installation and the specific features and options selected and includes labor, hardware, and materials such as glass. Given its durability, beauty, and longevity, wrought iron is preferred by many homeowners despite its higher cost.
Is Wrought Iron Heavy and Hard to Open?
We use 12-gauge wrought iron but, with exceptional hardware and professional installation, a wrought iron door isn’t harder to open than any other. Many types of knobs and handles are available so you can find the most suitable one. You won’t need to pull hard or strain yourself when operating the door.
What Is Gauge?
Gauge refers to the thickness of the metal. This unit of measurement translates as follows: A 12-gauge piece of iron is crafted from .1046-inch-thick sheet metal. At this thickness, an optimal combination of strength and weight is achieved. Smaller gauge numbers translate to higher strength. Modern iron doors are also highly secure, helping to protect your home and family.
Can Wrought Iron Be Customized?
Yes, its malleability and strength allow wrought iron to be customized to your specific requirements. We can manufacture wrought iron doors to your desired width, height, and shape, including square top, eyebrow top, full round top, or square top eyebrow door options. Our team can install glass (in a variety of styles and configurations), kickplates, and stainless-steel window fly screens, as well as configure the product with your preferred style of door swing. A range of door colors and finishes are available as well.
Before your order is placed, we will provide a detailed drawing of the door that includes its dimensions and the features and options you selected. We ship nationwide and speak English, Farsi, Armenian, and Russian. To learn more, feel free to browse our inventory, options, and reviews or contact us and a friendly representative will be in touch to answer your questions and provide a free estimate.