Just like brick construction, wrought iron has a colorful history dating back to the dawn of civilization. Because of their timeless beauty and virtual indestructibility, both of these materials have been important structural and design elements of homes since ancient times. They also look great when they are used together in one structure.
Homeowners can further enhance their residence while making a contemporary design statement with a wrought iron door. They are available through Acme Brick Tile & Stone.
A Brief History of Wrought Iron
The term “wrought” is an archaic past tense of the verb “to work.” As an adjective, this “worked” iron became “wrought” when it was hammered into shape. According to this article, “Before the developments of modern steel-making, wrought iron was the most commonly used form of malleable iron. This means that unlike cast iron, wrought iron is not as brittle. Wrought iron has a lower carbon content, which makes it harder and stronger yet easier to weld.” The blacksmiths of earlier times were able to transform this iron into breathtaking designs.
There are two different types of wrought iron: charcoal and puddle iron. Online sources note that “Charcoal iron was primarily used from the Iron Age to the end of the eighteenth century and produced through a charcoal fire. Puddled iron, used since the dawn of the industrial era, is made from cast iron in an indirect coal fired furnace.”
10 Reasons Wrought Iron Doors Are a Hot Home Design Trend
Nothing adds a “wow” factor to a new home design like wrought iron doors and this is the #1 reason many homeowners make this front door statement. The juxtaposition of iron with brick construction visually suggests a permanence that no synthetic building material can emulate. The single or double wrought iron doors, manufactured by Elite Entries and available from Acme Brick Stone & Tile stores, have eye-stopping, multi-hued designs that demand attention, especially when framed by the rich patina of brick.
There are also nine other practical reasons for choosing wrought iron doors.
2. “The quality of the materials in these doors is second-to-none,” said Ricky James of Acme Brick. “Their craftsmanship will enhance the look and feel of any home.”
3. They are virtually maintenance-free. Unlike wooden doors, they will never rot, or warp.
4. They are easy to install. They come standard with insulated safety glass, removable security screens, and weather-stripping system. “The Elite Entries doors are also much easier than other iron doors to install,” James said “This is because of their ‘slide in’ design. They can be installed without tearing up the interior or exterior of your home."
5. They are more secure than almost any other door. These doors are made of high quality 12-gauge steel. Passive doors have mounted flush bolts to provide a secure lock when not in use.
6. They have a built-in drainage system. Every Elite Entries door has a unique sloped door slab design under the glass panel. This allows rain to drain to the exterior side away from the glass panel and door.
7. Like brick construction, they are energy efficient. These iron doors are injected with high quality polyurethane foam for year-round insulation. The foam also aids in the prevention of rust from forming and they are built to last in any extreme weather environment. Each door also has weather-stripping, which adds to energy efficiency.
8. They have hinged glass. “This feature offers convenience when it comes to cleaning the glass,” said James of Acme Brick. “It also gives the homeowner an option to leave the glass panel open for ventilation and still have security with the doors being locked.”
9. Any door hardware will work. These Elite Entries doors accept standard door hardware to eliminate the need for custom or hard to find locks and latches. However, they require longer screws due to their thickness.
10. “These doors can be customized,” said James. “For example, customized doors can be ordered with a thermal break for homes in colder climates. They can be ordered in almost any size, iron inlay design and several glass options, including argon gas. For ease of installation, computer-aided design drawings are included with every custom door.”