Curved Metal railing. Delta, Surrey, Portfolio #16

Curved Metal Railing,
Surrey / Delta,
Portfolio #16.

We’re really proud of this project because of the significant fitting and handwork required to design and install it. But, in all honesty, the challenges these projects offer also make the final stand out. These are always worth the effort.

Some aspects that stand out:

• First, the posts are doubled up with 2 inch caps between them, which takes effort to pull off on helical curved stair railings.
• Second, the customer wanted this railing side-mounted.
• Third, we curved and twisted the helix in the top cap of the railing and, after some intense handwork, fit it together.
• Fourth, because we wanted highlight the details, the end termination was also forged to be 90 degrees to give it a fulfilling presence.
• Last, we powdercoated the project in a matt black finish.

Some materials:

• the railing is created from 1x2 hss cap
• 1x2 hss posts
• 3/4 x 1 1/2 horizontal rails

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Pure Copper Curved Railing, West Vancouver, Portfolio #15

Pure Copper Curved Railing,
West Vancouver,
Portfolio #15.

This project is extremely interesting. It's created for a customer that had an existing railing of this design already in place. Seeing how much they loved it, they asked us to best emulate the existing railing.

Now, copper is rather difficult to weld with a tig machine because a) it requires massive amounts of amperage to weld, and b) copper is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. So, to get the job done we used a Miller Syncrowave @ 300 amps with helium because it was really the only way to get the job done.

For the legs, we used 3/4x2 solid copper bars. We used this because it provides a heavy weight feel and clean, crisp corners. The material is ETP Copper C11000 H02.

To allow our helix to form fluidly, we carved 3d saddles into the solid copper with saw / grinder.

The top tube, since it was being welded to such a thick piece of copper, needed a thicker material so that it wouldn't just get blown through by the 300 amps of electrical force. We used Copper C10100 H80 (hard-drawn) / Made in Japan Oxygen free copper. Typically, this kind of copper would be used as an antenna or similar propose because the surface area inside of the tube would enhance the ability to send and receive signals.

The copper tube itself is a round 2x0.125 wall.

To form the railing we inserted the 3/8 round copper ETP Copper C11000 H02 rods though the posts. These required angles to be drilled on 2 angles at once for our helix to work.

We had custom copper caps spun from .100 copper to cover the ends of the railings with a smooth and rounded piece.

We then created a template on-site made from existing steel design and removed / copied that template railing in our shop, polishing it to perfection.

And, in case you missed it, the railing naturally patina's. This is a feature that the customer wanted because it's located near the ocean.

To ensure this railing stays where it should, we drilled though the blue stone stairs with a core drill and cast it in the legs with expanding anchoring grout.

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Custom Stainless-Steel Cable Railing, Portfolio #14

Stainless-Steel Cable Railings,
Portfolio #14

This is a custom stainless-steel cable railing we built for a client with a unique backyard / deck area. This property contained a pool, wooden deck and concrete seated on various elevations. We had to major goals in this project. The first is safety: we needed to make sure that the railing could prevent accidents, such as stepping off the elevated platforms, or slipping on a wet day / after a dip in the pool. The second goal is aesthetics: we went with a minimalist design to compliment the simple and clean design surrounding the backyard.

Materials and Specs:

  • 180 grit grained 304 stainless steel
  • 1x2 stainless-steel handrail
  • 1x2 stainless steel cap
  • 2x2 posts
  • we used 1/8th stainless steel cables with low profile hardware
  • all the cables are cut and crimped by us onsite for custom configurations.
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Metal Stairs, In-Progress Designs #2.

Metal Stairs,
In-Progress Designs #2.

Here's a project we're currently working on!

We're currently working on a new 1/2 plate fabricated steel stairs design. We first modeled this design in SolidWorks. Then, we sent it all out for cutting and fabrication. We are essentially building a giant set of saw-teeth by creating a box from 2 plates and filling in the spaces.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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What are the advantages of wrought iron railings?

What are the advantages of wrought iron railings?

While there are many different kinds of metals railings can be created from, wrought iron railings provide many advantages for commercial and residential properties that other metals don't.

First: Safety & Security.

Railings on your property help mitigate accidents on your property that might happen around stairs or raised decks. For example, your property can develop a thin sheet of ice in the wintertime. Falls on surfaces like that are especially bad for older people. Properly installed and designed wrought iron railings help stabilize people who need it most.

Durability.

Wrought Iron is much more durable than other commonly used materials. And when they're maintained properly, which requires minimal effort,  they'll last a very long time.

Wrought Iron Is Highly Customizable.

Because we design your railings from start to finish, they become totally customizable. But there's more it than that. We use the term "wrought" because it is nearly synonymous with malleability. In other words, this material is literally "wrought" into any design and shape you desire.  When you order a railing from us, you will be able to style them however you need.

Seeing that limitation is your imagination, wrought iron is suitable for every type of building. Two types of buildings that immediately come into my mind are historical buildings that require maintenance/authenticity, and modern properties looking to add something unique or artsy.

They're Incredibly Beautiful — Curb Appeal For Miles.

Safety and regulations aside, wrought iron railings class up the interior and exterior of every building they are installed on. And if you're looking to sell your property now or plan to in the future, the increased curb appeal works to your advantage because people notice the quality and craftsmanship that goes into designing them.

As you can see, there are many reasons to consider wrought iron for your next home or residential project. They're extremely secure, long-lasting, and add curb appeal. If you have more questions or are looking to install iron railings, give us a call.

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Iron railings, Chilliwack BC Portfolio #13

Iron Railing,
Chilliwack, B.C.,
Portfolio #13.

People often compare the price of wood vs metal. In cases of high-end wood materials, it is comparable. However, once wood gets any type of damage, filler materials and glue never fix it right.

On the flip side, heavyweight, high-quality railings last forever.

Customers often have wood railings that are mostly intact but, at some point, they receive some type of damage that is either costly or extremely difficult to do without significant refinishing.

Fully welded steel railings don't have these problems. It’s a one-and-done solution that allows the customer to essentially purchase exactly what they want by working out a custom design with us and never have to worry about it again.

A few of the materials used:

This project is made from American 1x3 HSS tubing for the top cap.

Using 1/4 x 1 pickets on edge with the cap proved make a substantial railing.

Call us today at 778.898.0532 or email us for a quote for your next metal railing project

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What are the benefits of iron gates?

What are the benefits of iron gates?

The main benefits iron gates provide are primarily their strength and durability. To be more specific, iron gates are easier to repair than aluminum gates, and offer much high levels of security aluminum gates as well.

Where are iron gates often used?

Iron gates are often used in high-end residential installations. Typically, iron's chosen when the customer wants a) a custom gate design and b) where aluminm is not be strong enough or suitable for the application.

In commercial applications, iron gates are used more commonly utilized in areas that have frequent traffic. This is because aluminum gates get damaged in high traffic areas and the parts holding it together generally don't last as long (due to the volume of openings, for example).

Another benefit iron gates provide is their ability to secure a person's property from break-in's and vehicle damage. If you look in the US, such as properties in New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc., you will see houses with heavy iron gates and heavy iron railings that were fabricated and installed before modern welding existed. Heavy iron gates are still in existence today in Europe, and many of these are few hundred years old up (even up to 1000 years!!!) with restorations being performed on them when required.

Understanding what you're getting when you're purchasing a gate ensures that you don't hav to worry about your project after it's completed.

Customized Heavy Iron Gates

Customization of iron gates or railings is highly flexible. The material when heated moves like clay, all-be-it-several-times harder when it cools (don't worry we have a hammer for that, too). We love what we do, and we will take your vision, create a mold, and form the iron and steel into a one-off custom piece that fits perfectly onto your property.

We care about project, considering each one to be an investment in ourselves and our customer.

A little bit about or process.

Our process is simple.

  1. We talk to you and find out the right starting point for your project.
  2. We begin the design phase and refine your goals, placing them into our design.
  3. We create a final design and work out most of the kinks, then taking it and tune it into a construct-able project that will work with the conditions it will be working in.
  4. We then cut, form and create. In some cases this means creating a product to be test fit. In other cases, this means building it to completion immediately.
  5. Metal finishing. Finishing is the fundamental part that really differentiates the average to the excellent. We probably could save many hours and thousands of sanding disks and grinding wheels by avoiding or minimizing finishing, but we know we can do better and we intend to do it right the first time.
  6. Lastly, painting or powder coating. With a heavy iron gate you may find you want to galvanize the gate by either spray galvanizing or hot dripping the entire project. This allows the gate to last for an extremely long time and it no longer relies upon paint or primer to protect it. This will often require some clean up or refinishing to smooth it out again. Depending on the design, a high-quality automotive single stage paint with an epoxy primer can also last a very long time with no maintenance. That being said, both galvanizing plus the automotive painting process is really the best combination you can get.

Interested in discussing a project with us?

Call us at 778.898.0532 or email us today!

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Monolithic Wrought Iron Railing – Portfolio #11

Monolithic Wrought Iron Railing,
Portfolio #11.

This railing was created for a customer that wanted something that hybridized two designs in a way you may have never seen before. We took heavy solid steel spindles, which are hammer forged, and twisted them into a laborious but beautiful final piece. We then painstakingly polish these spindles throughout the twists to brighten them up, creating a clean and crisp finish.

We then used 10mm monolithic tempered glass suspended throughout the near-frame-less design with 1 1/2 inch stainless steel standoffs. The top rail is 3/8 x 2 solid bar. This design choice required some serious finesse to keep it straight as all of the components were flexible though-out the installation process.

Because the spindles were handmade, it required some hand-fitting to make the glass fit just right.

All of it this is bolted to the structure of the building, and the glass acts as a structural component that holds the railing, decreasing the flexibility inherent in the steel.

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