Posts Tagged ‘iron’

What is the Difference Between Wrought Iron and Ornamental Iron?

Friday, July 20th, 2018
What is the Difference Between Wrought Iron and Ornamental Iron?

When you’re looking for new metal fencing, two of your choices are going to be wrought iron and ornamental iron fencing.

When you’re looking for new metal fencing, two of your choices are going to be wrought iron and ornamental iron fencing. But since they’re so similar to one another, you might not be able to tell them apart. So you walk away scratching your head and wonder, what’s the difference between wrought and ornamental iron? Here is a secret: these are two names for the same type of metal. (more…)

What’s the Difference Between Cast Iron and Wrought Iron?

Friday, May 12th, 2017
cast iron and wrought iron

Let’s explore how cast iron and wrought iron can be used to bring the best products into your homes.

When selecting a gate, fence, or railing for your home it is important to find the best quality product for your money. Many different kinds of iron can be molded to create beautiful aesthetic designs while other kinds can be used for a more simplistic look. Let’s explore how cast iron and wrought iron can be used to bring the best products into your homes. (more…)

What Iron Fence Height is Best for Me?

Friday, May 5th, 2017
iron fence height

Before you even decide on your iron fence height, you should be clear on why you are getting a fence in the first place.

Are you thinking about getting a fence for your front or backyard? If you are, you must do your planning and research. You want to be sure you are an educated buyer that has thoroughly weighed the pros and cons of all the available fencing options available today. If you decide to purchase an iron fence you will want to be sure to choose the appropriate height. This primarily depends on your personal preference and reason for getting the fence. (more…)

Increasing the Value of Your Property with a Custom Iron Fence

Sunday, October 4th, 2015
Custom Iron Fence

Adding a new custom iron fence can add value and security to any property.

Whether you are choosing a fence for your commercial property or want to increase your home’s curb appeal, a custom iron fence will add just the right effect to your property. But how does a custom iron fence boost your curb appeal and add value to your property? Let’s check it out! (more…)

Pool Fences for Your Maryland Home

Friday, September 25th, 2015
Glass fencing for your Pool

There are many different fencing options for your pool. But you won’t be able to see as clearly as with a custom glass railing!

Over the summer, you have hosted four cookouts, three swim parties, and countless number of slumber parties. With so much activity, you have started to notice your pool’s unstable chain link fence. It has been on your property a very long time and it has definitely seen better days. Now that it is falling down, maybe it is time to replace the chain link with something better and more aesthetically appealing. But what should you choose? Let’s check out some options! (more…)

Wrought Iron versus Steel Fencing

Friday, July 10th, 2015
rusty fence

Steel fencing is not as durable as iron fences and we’ll tell you why!

Iron is made when iron oxide is extracted from ores that occur in nature. The iron oxide is heated between 1,600 and 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit from a carbon source of either charcoal or coke, which is made from coal. The carbon bonds with the oxygen into a molten mix; this removes the oxygen leaving only the metallic elements. This is known as smelting. While both wrought iron and steel are made during this process, steel is not a pure at wrought iron. Before choosing a fencing material, it is important to know the differences between the two materials in order to make the best decision for your lifestyle. (more…)

How to Restore a Rusty Iron Fence

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
rust removal

Rust can be a real pain, but we know exactly what to do!

Just like anything else involving a home, iron fences are not something that can be bought and forgotten about. Over the months and years of owning a piece of custom iron work, it is important to give it the regular maintenance of cleaning and making sure no rust is growing on the metal. But life has a way of getting to us and making us forget small things like a fence you drive by every day or a railing your kids like to slide down. So now after years of forgetfulness, your once beautiful custom piece is now dull and rusted. Rust can severely damage your iron fence if left to its own devices. So let’s talk about restoring your piece. (more…)

Cast Iron vs. Wrought Iron

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Cast iron, wrought iron, pig iron? There’s a lot of talk about iron, but what does it actually mean? How is cast iron different from wrought iron? And what could pig iron possibly be? Hercules Custom Iron is here to help you iron out the semantics.

cast iron

Let’s talk about how iron is made. Iron oxide is extracted from naturally occurring ores, and is then heated to temperatures of between 1,600 and 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat comes from burning a source of carbon, which can be coke (made from coal) or charcoal. The carbon bonds with the oxygen in the molten mix and removes it, leaving only the metallic elements. During this process, known as smelting, the oxide is reduced to a raw metal from which the final product can be produced.

Cast iron is made by smelting this metal at high temperatures in a liquid state. In the past, the product was poured into blocks known as pigs to cool, hence the name pig iron, which is synonymous with cast iron. Cast iron absorbs a significant amount of carbon during this process, up to 5 percent, which makes it brittle.

Wrought iron is made by smelting at lower temperatures in a semi-liquid semi-solid state and hammering off the impurities. The name “wrought” iron refers to the process of physically working the iron to remove the impurities. A benefit of smelting at lower temperatures is that the iron typically contains less than 1 percent carbon, and is therefore stronger, more malleable, and less brittle.


Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

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