INTRODUCTION TO THE ACIER FENCE SYSTEM
With all the possible fence choices available today, it can be a challenge to choose the fence that's right for you.
We're not making your decision any easier – or maybe we are – by introducing you to a brand new fence line – The Acier Fence.
Through design, engineering, necessity and experience we've created a new level of simplicity and modularity to a centuries old fence product.
This has brought forward a new affordable choice to the modular fence market.
Our system is a high-end product priced to fit between high-cost custom wrought iron fencing and budget tubing fence.
It also has extreme versatility in its applications.
So whether you are choosing a perimeter fence for your yard, a pool fence, a security fence, or railings for your deck or pool (check out our rail top series), our fence system is the solution for you!
THE REAL WROUGHT IRON
Here are some definitions to help you better understand our industry and the materials we use.
- Wrought – To be worked/crafted into a desired outcome.
- Iron – A naturally occurring base metal. "a strong, hard magnetic silvery-gray metal, the chemical element of atomic number 26, much used as a material for construction and manufacturing, especially in the form of steel." - from Google: Define Iron
- Wrought Iron – "a tough, malleable form of iron suitable for forging or rolling rather than casting, obtained by puddling pig iron while molten. It is nearly pure but contains some slag in the form of filaments." – - from Google: Define Wrought Iron
- Cast Iron – "a hard, relatively brittle alloy of iron and carbon that can be readily cast in a mold and contains a higher proportion of carbon than steel (typically 2.0–4.3 percent)." - from Google: Define Cast Iron
- Steel – "a hard, strong, gray or bluish-gray alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used extensively as a structural and fabricating material." – - from Google: Define Steel
- Mild Steel – "steel containing a small percentage of carbon, strong and tough but not readily tempered." - - from Google: Define Mild Steel
With those definitions out of the way, here's our brief summary of the history of wrought iron:
Without going into the details of "primitive human discovers fire and subsequently figures out how to create iron", we're going to start at Cast Iron. Cast Iron (a brittle form of iron that is melted and poured into a shape mold then left to harden) was used by Blacksmiths while still hot and malleable, and essentially (without going into detail) pounded on, reheated and pounded on some more until it was worked into a desired shape thus creating Wrought Iron. The word "Wrought" literally means worked by hand.
From there, Wrought Iron, among other things, would be used to create steel in a very costly and inefficient process, so steel was mainly used for specialty purposes at that time and wrought iron lived on. By the mid-1800's, the steel-making process was refined and industrialized, which greatly improved efficiency and therefore vastly reduced manufacturing costs. Mild steel, as it is called, became the growing trend.
To borrow a snippet of text from the Wikipedia Steel Page:
"With the invention of the Bessemer process in the mid-19th century, a new era of mass-produced steel began. This was followed by Siemens-Martin process and then Gilchrist-Thomas process that refined the quality of steel. With their introductions, mild steel replaced wrought iron. "
So nowadays, mild steel has completely replaced wrought iron on a commercial scale; however, the term "Wrought Iron" remains in use as a testament to the steel artist who custom designs and creates works of art. If you are interested in a more in-depth history of wrought iron or would like to better understand the term, here's a good place to start: http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/dbanach/h-carnegie-steel.htm
You can also check out the Wikipedia link on Wrought Iron
Over the years the word wrought iron has been met with various spelling and identity challenges rod iron, rot iron, cast iron, malleable steel, soft iron, mild steel, steel, ornamental iron, decorative iron and so on. There have also been products that have been using this term to reflect their own products, tubing fence, aluminum fence, galvalume railings, etc…
One of the challenging elements we face in today's fencing world is trying to overcome the wrought iron bias that has been insisted upon by our competition. A misconception about how wrought iron requires an unimaginable amount of maintenance and upkeep. This is simply NOT TRUE.
The finish on our products will last as long as any finish on any metal fence out in the world today. If a finish on any type of metal fence product is damaged so that the metalwork underneath is exposed, then no matter what the product, the metal will start to oxidize – don't let anyone tell you different. Nature is nature and all metals start to break down when exposed to the elements.
The main factors to consider are structural failure due to oxidation, the look of your fence – no matter what it's made of - when it does eventually start to oxidize and the maintenance needed to deal with the degradation. With our fence products, since they are built with solid steel bar and thick walled structural steel tubing, if you damage the finish, even if the area does start to oxidize, the product will simply start looking aged and repair is but a minor cleaning and dabbing of a similar wet metal paint to the damaged area – et voila! Good as new again. Thin tubing is – well – thin and when it starts to degrade there's not much material there to oxidize through causing structural failure – which is irreparable and costly to replace.
The quality and style of our fences is unmatched in the industry. Our competition flatters us by trying to mimic the look of wrought iron. They do a pretty good job, but nothing beats the real thing. Our fence panels are built with 1/2" solid steel square bar welded in a stylish bar on bar construction. All of our add-on decorative elements are CNC (computer) cut out of a minimum 1/8" thick steel plate and are designed to complement our fence panels and add a unique touch to your chosen solution. Choose from a variety of frieze and center panels to enhance the style of a simple fence panel. We also carry two finial styles and three post cap styles that can be combined into a variety of elegant looks that set your fence apart.
If you want privacy, you may be thinking a wrought iron fence with gaps in it is obviously the wrong choice; however, if staring at a wooden wall isn't an appealing choice, consider that our fences create amazing security and privacy when paired with natural privacy walls such as cedar and boxwood hedges. This solution will transform your yard into a private oasis.
We offer a wide range of fence mounting solutions from surface mount to concrete lagging to in-ground installation. We also offer a tilt-adjust system to allow for easy levelling adjustments during installation.