Wrought iron is made of sturdy and durable material. Like any other material that can last a lifetime, it still has the tendency to become dull and rusty. With wrought iron railings specifically, there is always a possibility for it to get tarnished or even cracked.
The good thing about it though, there are easy minor repairs that can be done to restore the beauty back to your railings. This would definitely save a lot of money as well all know how expensive new iron railings can get.
Old iron railings tend to become brittle over time that they might just snap out all of a sudden when pressure is applied on it. Before this happens, it is really best to prioritize repairing old and worn out railings that are inside the home as it could be a potential hazard, especially for children.
Repairing Tips for Wrought Iron Railings
With a bit of caution and a little knowledge, repairing wrought iron railings can easy as 1-2-3.
Tools such as metal cement, saw, drill, and a tool to smooth and basic woodworking tools will be needed to do minor repairs on your railings.
In most cases, welding the railing can effectively correct the problem. If the problem though, is a broken piece of iron, supporting the metal’s interior may be the preferred solution than re-welding. This is especially true for a support rail or staircase. Also, while metal cement can be used to solve this problem, sometimes it is also better to stabilize the whole pole or post for a more effective and lasting solution. Still, if you are uncertain, it is best recommended to call a wrought iron professional.
More often than not, metal professionals or craftsmen would advise you to bring a sample piece of the railing that needs to be repaired. There are also repair procedures that involve steel or wooden inserts into the problematic post or pipe. In most cases, this repair solution works, also making your broken railings look like new again. The rationale behind the repair-support process of is ultimately for safety purposes. As long as the repair ensures stability, then the newly-repaired railing will do fine.