What Is The Difference Between Wrought Iron & Ornamental Fences?

When choosing a fence for your property, some consider their personal style, the community's style, or the house's architectural style. For old historic houses, wrought iron or ornamental fencing will match the history of the home. Wrought iron and ornamental fences are common stylistic fencing types for residential settings. While they look similar, a few differences may influence your choice.

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron fencing, appropriately described, is metal an ironwork artisan has uniquely designed and shaped. The unique artistry is carried through to the posts, rails, various frame and post caps, scrolls, and collars.

Wrought Iron Fence


Ornamental fencing is available for steel, aluminum, and vinyl fencing and refers to the stylistic features of the fencing. These stylistic elements include ball, dome, and flat top post caps or fencing that incorporate design with the pickets

Ornamental Fence

Wrought Iron Versus Ornamental Fencing

Wrought Iron

  • Unique design
  • Heavy weight
  • Longer lasting
  • More costly
  • Longer manufacturing time
  • Requires more care
  • Not DIY friendly installation
  • More customizable heights
  • Wider picket spacing
  • 4 colors: black, white, gray, green


  • Standard designs but customizable after install
  • Nearly weatherproof
  • Light weight
  • Long life
  • Less costly
  • Short manufacturing time
  • Requires little maintenance
  • DIY friendly installation
  • Standard heights
  • Common 6" picket spacing
  • 2 standard colors for steel: black & bronze
  • Visible Welding Lines
  • Easier repair
  • More suitable for property with uneven grade

Square Fittings provides the stylistic elements for steel, aluminum, and vinyl ornamental fencing. From bands, clamps, and brackets to hinges, post caps, and more, Square Fittings offers a wide variety of products to elevate the style of your fencing from bland to decorative and unique. A fence should not just protect your property; it should be part of your property.

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