Balconies are distinctive areas in architectural structures, which are projected from an upper floor building. They are a way of providing an open-air space to apartment buildings. Wrought iron balusters mean safety for this section of the building.
Depending on the design and structure, balconies may need a railing for security reasons. Wrought iron is a tough material that provides an attractive design and adaptable to different styles on balconies.
What is wrought iron?
It is a malleable metal due to its low carbon content. It is a strong, durable and resistant material that offers very interesting designs.
Because of its composition, wrought iron oxidizes very slowly compared to other types of iron. A powder coating is commonly used to reduce its tendency to oxidation. In addition, you can apply paint, linseed oil or beeswax to retard erosion.
What are the advantages of wrought iron over cast iron?
Wrought iron is not the same as cast iron or steel. It is formulated from iron and slag, so it can be heated and reheated. It is very malleable and can be worked by hand in different shapes by a blacksmith. Wrought iron can be formed into charming intricate designs suitable for fences, furniture, and architectural elements. Due to its strength, it can also be used for structural purposes.
In contrast, cast iron is iron that is melted and poured into a mold where it is allowed to cool before being released. Cast iron has a lower melting point and is more fluid than wrought iron. It is less labor-intensive, but is brittle and has a low tensile strength compared to wrought iron.
Important aspects of wrought iron for buildings
Wrought iron has been very important for building construction for four reasons: its excellent behavior under compression, the ease with which it can be cast to form decorative and structural pieces, its resistance to corrosion and its resistance to fire.
Iron Balustrade Installation
Wrought iron balusters are very unique because they offer the owner a great deal of flexibility and creativity during the selection process. It is rare to see an iron balustrade system using only a baluster style. In many cases, up to three styles of balusters are used. Therefore, the difficulty comes with the arrangement of the balusters as opposed to the installation itself.
What is a baluster on a staircase?
A baluster is a vertical, square, or turned molded form found in stairs, parapets, and other architectural features. In furniture construction, it is known as a spindle. The common materials used in its construction are wood, stone and, less frequently, metal and ceramics.
Uses of wrought iron in buildings
Balconies- Wrought iron designs on the balconies around your complex can keep your residents safe while looking good.
Patios- If the units in your apartment complex have patios, a wrought iron fence is a great way to create privacy and enclose the backyard.
Automatic gates and fences – Apartment complexes are generally safer when fenced. Beautiful, sturdy fences can be created around your apartment and equipped with automatic gates, making entry and exit easy for your residents.
Stair Railings – If your apartment units have stairs in or around them, a wrought iron railing can be the perfect finishing touch to the staircase.
Decoration- With wrought iron, you can design shelves and decorate walls. They bring class and style to any room.