Types of residential iron gates include decorative, practical, ornamental and security iron. Materials from which iron gates are manufactured include wrought iron and cast iron.
Homeowners and landscapers typically use decorative gates as features on the property, and not necessarily as an actual gate. Although manufacturers use regular-quality materials in the production of decorative gates, they make them for show. Practical iron gates have a more simplistic design.
Cast iron gates come from molds filled with molten iron. The process does not create the highest-quality iron, but it does allow manufacturers to mass produce cast iron products. Manufacturers create wrought iron gates by hand working the iron.