What’s the Difference Between Estate Fencing & Metal Railings?

At Steel Landscaping Co. we specialise in producing and installing a range of high-quality outdoor steel products, and as such we’re often asked various questions about each product within our range.

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What’s the difference between estate fencing & metal railings?”

Although both of these products are fabricated using high-quality steel and serve similar purposes, they are quite different. In this blog piece, we’ll be looking at the differences between our estate fencing and metal railings.

What’s the Difference Between the Two?

While each product is a traditional popular choice, estate fencing is often chosen for its ability to follow the contours of the landscape and is installed directly into the ground as a freestanding structure – in the same way as a regular fence might be.

Steel Estate Fencing

Metal railings are most commonly utilised in conjunction with a supporting wall and are favoured for their ability to completely alter the look of the front of a property, particularly in more urban areas.

Steel railings also come in a range of styles, such as straight, pointed, twisted and curved.

Steel Metal Railings

Benefits of Steel Estate Fencing

Durable – Estate fencing is built to last a lifetime, which is often why it is chosen over other fencing materials, such as wood. Estate fencing was an incredibly popular choice for the Victorians, and much of what was installed in those days still stands today.

Aesthetically Pleasing – Estate fencing continues to be a popular choice for countryside estates and farms in particular because it creates sleek, attractive borders between different areas of the property. And, most importantly, it doesn’t spoil the view of the countryside and will follow the contours of the land wherever it’s installed.

Low Maintenance – As we’ve mentioned, steel estate fencing lasts for decades, with minimal maintenance. Most of our customers choose to have their estate fencing chipped, wire brushed and finished with a top coating of blacktop coating. However, it can also be left to weather to a natural patina to blend with the natural environment of the countryside.

Benefits of Steel Railings

Built to Last – Steel is both durable, strong and built to withstand even the harshest conditions, this makes it the perfect choice for the construction of railings outside a property. Also, the weight of the steel itself means that once they are affixed to the ground or a wall, they are incredibly sturdy, and will be so for many years to come.

Secure – The Victorians favoured metal railings for security purposes due to their size and strength, which is why you’ll often see steel railings outside public buildings around the UK.

Flexibility in Design – Metal railings offer the ultimate kerb appeal, by giving passers-by a unique glimpse of what a property might look like on the inside. We offer several different traditional designs, such as pointed, twisted and curved, however, we are also able to fabricate something completely bespoke for your requirements too.


Although both products are made using steel and offer incredible individual benefits, both estate fencing and railings are very different in terms of their respective designs and perform different functions.

In addition to providing estate fencing and railings, we provide a range of outdoor steel products, all of which are fabricated with only the highest-quality steel, right here in the UK.

Our talented team of installers work up and down the UK and Northern Ireland, installing our product ranges with precision and attention to detail.

If you have any questions about estate fencing or railings, or you’d like more information about our other products or services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.

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