Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), about Wrought iron
What material are wrought iron railings fences and gates
The term wrought iron had an
original meaning that evolved as material alloys and fabrication methods
evolved. As materials and methods
evolved, the term remained to describe a style and method of construction
(welded vs mechanical fasteners i.e. screws).
The material is actually steel, or cast iron for some ornamental
elements. The steel is the same alloy
and specifications as structural steel (as in I-beams). Learn more about wrought
building codes require that I have a handrail (or fence)?
It depends on your
circumstance. Existing homes built prior to the most recent changes are
likely not required to retro fit except possibly in extreme
circumstances. However, any new work that requires permitting and
inspections, like a new deck, porch, or pool, are required to meet the current
more about wrought iron handrail requirements
Does Mind’s Eye paint or powder coat their wrought iron
By default wrought iron products
are painted with a very high quality enamel.
However, we can have them powder coated for an additional charge. Projects that require on-site welding (ex.
too big to transport in whole) will be damaged at the welded connections. This is unavoidable as powder coating cannot
be done in the field (by anyone). The
damage is, of course, touched up. But
touch-up uses regular paint.
Why are aluminum fences less expensive than wrought iron /
Aluminum fences are about 2/3 – 1/2
the cost of wrought iron. They were developed
as an alternative to true welded wrought iron fences. Made in standard panel sizes, usually 6’,
aluminum products are mass produced available in a finite number of design
options. The panels are fastened to the
posts by mechanical fasteners (i.e. screws) and are designed to be assembled
without specialized tools or skills, namely a post-hole digger, hacksaw, and a
screw driver. The lighter weight and
standardized designs of aluminum fencing makes shipping from large-scale,
centralized plants feasible. It has some
drawbacks. First, to be cost effective it has to be easy to install. So, it uses mechanical fasteners. Because posts are hollow the threading for
the screw can strip. This attribute is exacerbated
by aluminum’s softer density.
True wrought iron is welded at all
steel-to-steel connections. The fabrication
and welding processes requires highly specialized tools and skill set. The assembly is far more labor intensive than
mass produced products. For example, a
fence with 3/4" pickets requires 1-1/2 feet of welding for every one foot of fence or rail span (just for pickets). Unlike mechanical fasteners, welding quite literally
converts two pieces into one. It liquefies
the metal of both parts which “refreezes” when they cool. Like two ice cubes allowed to melt into
puddles then refrozen together, they are one piece indistinguishable from one
With that said, Mind’s Eye
Fabrication is happy to install aluminum fencing for you. It may be perfect for your situation. We just want you to understand the differences
so you can make an informed decision. Give us a call.
We’ll help you choose the right product for you.
How are wrought iron handrails attached to my front porch or
Mind’s Eye Fabrication
core mounts wrought iron handrail posts when possible. Core mounting involves drilling out a hole
large enough to accommodate the rail posts then anchoring the posts with
cement. Core mounting can be done on
most masonry surfaces and substrates and is not possible for wood surfaces.
Alternatively, posts can be surface
mounted using screws and shoes or base plates.
Surface mounting is necessary and acceptable for wood substrates
(wood deck or wood porch, etc.). Surface
mounting is not recommended for masonry applications.
How does the process work for getting my wrought iron rails
(or fence, or gate)? What I need to do?
First, we need to talk about your
project. What are you looking for? What do you want to accomplish (ex. pet
containment, boundary definition, aesthetic enhancement, safety and security)? Talk to us. We can also give you a more reliable estimate
at this time.
Second, we come to measure and
discuss the design options.. In some
cases you may not even need to coordinate your schedule. If you know the design you want and we can
access the project site we can measure the next time we’re in the area. If you’re unsure about what design fits your
style, we recommend meeting in person. It’s
up to you. We want to make it easy for
you. We’ll provide a Guaranteed Price
Third, if you like our proposal and
want to get the ball rolling, just let us know.
We’ll take care of the rest. We’ll
even help with your Home Owners Association (HOA) if approval is required. Please let us know if you do need approval
from an HOA. We’ll take care of the
communication, details, and approval as much as permitted. HOA’s contracted to a management company
usually don’t permit third parties to submit drawings on behalf of the
homeowner. We can provide the necessary
documents, drawings, etc. But, the email
or letter has to come from you.
Self-governed HOA’s are usually more permitting. In which case, the process may be entirely seamless
Then we build and install your project. That's it. Sit back and enjoy.
Does Mind's Eye Fabrication do metal fabrication for projects other than wrought iron rails, fences, & gates?
YES, we do! Have an idea? Can't find it in stores? We do a variety of light fabrication to bring your idea to life. We've
built trellis's, vehicle roof racks, aluminum trade show display, steel cages and equipment racks for landscaping trailers.
Whether you already have a solution in mind or just the problem, we'll help walk you through it. Give us a call
Phone: (770) 363-4561
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