Wrought iron fences with forging elements have been used for many years to fence private homes. A reliable and durable fence emphasized the taste of the homeowner, demonstrated his status and perfectly protected the house from uninvited guests. Today, such metal fences are very popular in the market, due to the versatility of their use, attractive appearance and affordable cost.
The openwork fences made by professional specialists can equally be used by summer residents and owners of private country houses. You can pick up such a fence, made in the style of openwork classics, or original fencing options using forged metal elements, wood, polycarbonate and other materials.
Currently buyers forged fences are offeredmade in the following styles:
- Art Nouveau;
It should be noted the aesthetic richness and uniqueness of such a fence. If metal elements are made by cold forging manually by experienced blacksmiths according to the customer’s samples, it will be possible to guarantee the individuality and uniqueness of such a fence. At the same time, you can choose both ready-made options, and order the manufacture of forged fencing according to your drawings and sketches. It is possible to decorate the front garden with the help of such beautiful fences.
Advantages of Wrought Iron Fences
The popularity of such fences can be explained by the versatility of their use and numerous advantages.
First of all, the reliability of such structures made of high-quality iron can be noted. The service life of the forged fence is practically unlimited, which favorably distinguishes such material in comparison with wood and fences from corrugated board.
Forged fences will always have a stylish look. These are original designs that combine nobility and a modern classic look. There is a choice of fences of various designs.
Possibility manufacturing forged metal elements under the order allows the homeowner or designer to choose such a fence that will be in harmony with the styling of the main structure and the personal territory.
If previously such fencing had a high cost, today, thanks to the improvement of technology and the appearance of special equipment for industrial forging and bending, it is possible to slightly reduce the cost of fences made of metal elements.
Varieties of Forged Fences
It is customary to distinguish three types of fences, which differ in their functional purpose:
Forged decorative fence is a real work of art. It is made exclusively by professional craftsmen and allows you to emphasize the beauty and originality of the decoration of the local area and the house itself. As a rule, such decorative designs for the fence are made to order, so there are no stamped elements welded together. The fastening of such individual structural elements is carried out using special clamps.
Safety guard provides the necessary security of the local area. Elements and sections of such a fence will have a screw or welded connection. We note the excellent reliability, strength and stability of the metal fence.
Combined designs Due to the magnificent combination of attractive appearance, durability and reliability, they are popular among owners of private houses. They can be performed either manually by blacksmiths or by stamping metal elements. The connection of individual sections is carried out by welding or durable clamps.
How to make a fence with your own hands
If earlier the popularity of this type of fencing was somewhat limited by their high cost and the inability to do the fence with their own hands, today you can make your own openwork fence made of decorative metal elements. Let's talk in more detail about how do it yourself do-it-yourself fence.
For this work you will need the following tools:
- Standard locksmith tools.
- Level, angle and tape measure.
- Vice for metal.
- Machine for twisting a metal bar.
- Grinder and wheels for working with metal.
- Welding machine and electrodes for main and spot welding.
- Spray gun and brushes.
Of the materials for this work, you will need a metal steel sheet 2 millimeters thick, as well as a metal bar 14 millimeters in diameter.
Arrangement of the foundation and support poles
Like any house begins with the foundation, the fence should be equipped with a solid base and well-made supporting pillars. The strength of the structure will largely depend on how correctly installed support posts, which can be made of metal pipes or ready-made concrete structures.
Support poles should be mounted exclusively horizontally and concreted to a depth of 50-60 centimeters. We can recommend you use concrete, brick and metal for their arrangement. But we recommend that you refrain from using wood, since such a fence with wooden supports will not differ due to reliability and durability.
The foundation for the fence can be performed in two ways:
- Continuous tape.
- Spot with concreting of each support column.
Important. Most experts recommend using a strip foundation, which guarantees maximum strength and durability of the do-it-yourself fence.
To fill the strip foundation, it will be necessary to mark the terrain, dig a trench with a depth of about 70 centimeters and a width of 30 centimeters. Along the perimeter of the trench, additional pits are excavated for the installation of support pillars. Install such pillars must be strictly vertical. The bottom of the trench is compacted, a timber formwork is inserted, reinforcement is strapped, after which the future base is poured in stages from concrete with a strength of at least M200.
After a few weeks, when concrete gains most of its strength, you can proceed with the installation of forged metal decorative sections. Even before the installation of metal products begins, you can perform decorative decoration of the foundation and support pillars, for which we recommend using an inexpensive facing brick.
Production of decorative metal elements
The metal processing machines used today allow you to make original decorative forged patterns from steel and cast iron bars, which are subsequently used to make the fence. So, for example, with the help of the Snail machine, you can forge spiral curls. A device Gnutik allows you to bend the rods at a certain radius with a given angle. You can also use Twister equipment, which twists the rod in a spiral. It is not at all necessary to acquire such expensive equipment. It can be rented and you can literally within a few days make from metal bars the number of patterns you need from metal.
Step by step instructions for the manufacture of forged fence sections
We offer you a fairly simple step-by-step instruction for the implementation of a section of a decorative forged fence.
- On a flat and horizontal surface, draw a decorative span pattern with chalk.
- Based on the completed template, the necessary number of circles, spades, turns and other decorative elements are made on a bending machine.
- All metal parts of the lattice are welded initially by spot, and subsequently by finish welding.
- Similarly, the assembly of the remaining intake sections is carried out. When performing such an assembly, be careful and check that all elements are correctly positioned. Constantly check with the completed template, which will ensure the identity of all sections of your fence made.
- Having completed all the metal sections, you should process welds and remove rust and scale.
- Metal sections are coated with a primer and special protective paint. Such processing not only improves the appearance of the completed fence, but also protects it from corrosion.
- All painted do-it-yourself fencing sections are attached to the supporting posts by welding or clamps.
- Will remain only in addition brick the base and pillars with decorative bricks or artificial and natural stone.
On this, all the work on making a forged fence with your own hands is completed. Despite the apparent complexity, with a high-quality scheme and the use of special machines for bending bars, you can make an original fence, while significantly saving in comparison with contacting specialists for such a fence.