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The Strength of Wrought Iron Balconies

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Building Plans Design

Wrought iron balconies have been a mainstay of architectural design for centuries, serving as strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing fixtures on all types and styles of building. In order to appreciate the benefits of wrought iron balconies, it is necessary to explore the advantages of wrought iron itself.

In comparison to steel, wrought iron is made with extremely low levels of carbon. A type of iron alloy, wrought iron is visibly different from steel in that its texture is somewhat grained. In terms of popularity or usage in the construction industry, wrought iron, from which the Eiffel Tower was made, lost ground to steel in the 19th century. Today, however, wrought iron continues to be used regularly for its strong yet conveniently malleable composition.

Because wrought iron is so ductile and malleable, it is often used to produce structures that cannot be easily replicated using steel. Wrought iron balconies, for example, tend to be elaborately decorated because it is relatively easy for welders to cut, join and shape various sections of iron; furthermore, wrought iron – meaning worked iron – is sometimes used to describe types of mild steel that possess a similar texture and appearance to the iron alloy.

The wrought iron balcony combines high tensile strength, excellent durability and a relatively low wear rate. More than this, wrought iron balconies are decorative and beautiful, providing a splash of architectural splendour wherever they are erected.

Owing to the malleability of wrought iron, balconies composed of this strong iron alloy can feature railings and balustrades that are more works of art than works of construction. Wrought iron can be manipulated and shaped to the precise requirements of the customer, enabling production of designs that are entirely unique. It is also true that, when bent to a certain degree, wrought iron bears a quite striking resemblance to wood in so far as its grains become more visible. In this respect, wrought iron is especially popular for use in and around the home because it can appear similar to existing wooden fixtures and fittings.

While serving as the perfect material for traditional balconies, wrought iron is also commonly used in the construction of balconettes, which are essentially smaller versions of standard-sized domestic balconies. Wrought iron can be used to make all or just a part of a balcony. It is fairly common, for instance, for property owners to request that wrought iron balconies be made from a combination of materials.

Powdered wrought iron can be used to create a steel, aluminium or titanium effect, which are commonly employed alongside toughened glass to produce stunning open-air-style balconies. Toughened glass may form the balustrade and baluster, with wrought iron used to secure the posts and panels in place. Wrought iron is most traditionally used, however, in the development of entire balcony structures.

In summary, the wrought iron balcony remains as popular as ever due to its supreme aesthetic qualities, high tensile strength, superb durability and excellent malleability, all of which combine to produce structures that are as sturdy and hard-wearing as they are pleasing to the eye.

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