Archive for April, 2014

Glass Rail: Form and Function

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

There are plenty of situations in which some kind of railing is required for safety purposes. Balconies, elevated walkways, and many staircases indoors and outdoors require railings to keep those walking in the area safe. In many cases, property owners are concerned about how a railing will change the aesthetic of the design feature. For example, you may concerned about how a railing with change the view from a balcony with a great view. Especially if people sit on the balcony, they may find their view obstructed by railings.

This is where glass railings come in. Glass railings are just as safe as railings made from other materials such as aluminum. In fact, because they have no open spaces, they even eliminate the possibility of someone getting a hand, foot, or leg stuck in them. Glass railings are also completely transparent, so they don’t obstruct the view whatsoever. This makes glass railings great for lots of situations, from balconies overlooking the beach, to raised walkways through a beautiful garden. Glass railings provide both the form and function needed for safety reasons without adding a significant change to the aesthetic of whatever location in which you’re using them.

glass railing

Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

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What are the Pool Fence Laws in Maryland?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

If you have a pool in Maryland, you are required by law to have a pool fence. Specific regulations regarding height and other aspects of construction can vary slightly from county to county, but in general, you can use to following (based on the International Residential Code and Consumer Product Safety Commission’s ‘Guidelines for Swimming Pool Barriers’ as a guideline of what to expect for your pool fence.

Swimming Pool Fences in Maryland

Generally, any pool in Maryland that is more than 2 feet deep must have a pool fence around it. In some counties (Montgomery County for example) pools more than 18 inches deep must have a fence around them.

The fence itself must be at least 4 feet tall, “measured from the ground next to the pool, on the side of the fence outside the pool area.” In Montgomery County, the height of the pool fence increases to 5 feet, and in Prince George’s County, 6 feet. Pool fences can go either around the immediate vicinity of the pool, or around the backyard itself. Pool fences also have to be a “permanent enclosure” which generally means they must be anchored into the ground and not easy to climb or penetrate. Regulations regarding the measurements of openings in the fence in between boards or bars ensure that there is not enough room in the fence for a child to poke their head through or otherwise make it through the fence.

Maryland pool fence laws

Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

Be sure to follow Hercules Custom Iron on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn!

Sources

http://www.ehow.com/list_6770287_pool-fence-laws-maryland.html

http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/frs-safe/resources/laws/pools.asp

Custom Iron Gates in Maryland

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Custom iron gates are a great addition to your Maryland home or business. As a custom iron manufacturer, gates give us the opportunity to really emphasize the custom aspect of our name. We can design your iron gate custom for you, down to intricate customized arches and scrolls and other fine metal working. Gate styles we offer include arched, aluminum, standard, flat top, and steel. So where will your new custom iron gate go?

  • At the bottom of the driveway. Custom iron gates give your driveway’s entrance and elegant look and provide an additional layer of security for your home.
  • In the garden. Gated gardens harken back to olden times when garden design was intricate and elaborate. Step back in time with a garden gate.
  • In front of your business’ walk up. If your office is located in an urban area, a custom iron gate works great as both a showpiece and a security feature.
  • In front of a high security complex. Custom iron gates aren’t all just for show. Combine the strength of iron with our many other security features for facility security that has both great form and function.

There are plenty of places your new custom iron gate can go, but the place it should come from? Hercules!

arched gate

Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

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What are the Benefits of Custom Iron?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Why should you choose custom iron for your next fence? Custom iron offers several advantages over other fences that are well worth considering when you’re in the market for high quality fencing.

 

In-House Fabrication

All of the iron we use in our custom iron and aluminum fences is manufactured in-house. This makes a huge difference as opposed to purchasing iron from a vendor. We manufacture our iron according to our own high standards, and because it’s all done in-house we are able to monitor and perform quality control every step of the way to ensure that the end product meets these standards. You can read more about our in-house production and powder coating and watch our video to see the manufacturing process first hand, here.

Customization

Because we manufacture everything in-house, we can manufacture custom products that you might not find elsewhere. We can work with you to produce the custom iron fence that you want, right down to the fine details.

Ornamental Fencing

Iron and aluminum are often thought of as utilitarian and industrial materials, but our custom fences can be anything but. We create custom ornamental iron and aluminum fences of all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs with iron and aluminum as our medium.

Durability

Iron and aluminum are two of the most durable fencing materials available. They stand up well to the elements and their long lifespans are well worth the investment.

custom iron fence

Hercules Custom Iron is proud to be an affiliate of Hercules Fence. We have more than 70 years of industry experience and are committed to providing quality craftsmanship. Our custom designs are crafted by master fabricators to produce ornamental iron that offers both aesthetic appeal and structural reliability. Professional in-house installers take care to provide the highest quality service for every job they complete.

Our state-of-the art manufacturing and sand blasting facility is located just 60 miles north of Washington D.C. We also offer onsite, top of the line paint and powder coating. Our dedication has enabled Hercules Custom Iron to become a revolutionary company respected throughout the industry. We are proud to of our place as a leading manufacturer of custom iron work throughout, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. We look forward to having you Contact Us to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project!

Be sure to follow Hercules Custom Iron on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn!