Archive for June, 2014

Applications for Iron Fence Around the Home

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

When many think of an iron fence, they think of a stately perimeter fence that surrounds the property. While this is certainly one application of a fence, there are many other uses of iron fencing in and around your home that can add to its aesthetic appeal. Let’s talk about some of the ways you can use iron fencing around your home.

Iron Fencing Around the Home

Perimeter Fence

One of the most traditional uses for any fence, iron fence makes for a handsome and secure perimeter fence. The customization options for iron open up a world of possibilities for intricate and ornate styles of perimeter fencing.

Gates

What good would a fence be without a gate? Whether it’s for the driveway or for the walkway up to the house, iron gates are a necessary element of any iron fence project.

Railings

Iron is one of the preferred materials for railings due to its strength, durability, and stability. Iron railings can be used on steps leading up to the front door, balconies, and indoor staircases for a dramatic, eye-catching effect.

Decks

Decks require railings for safety, but this doesn’t mean they have to be utilitarian. Iron railings make a handsome complement to any deck.

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!

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Basic Metal and Iron Fence Care

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Caring for your metal or iron fence will add many years to its lifespan and keep it looking as good as the day it was installed. It’s fairly easy to care for your iron fence, but you need to be consistent in order to ensure your fence is properly maintained. This week, we’ll cover a few basic care tips for your metal fence to keep in mind.

Basic Metal and Iron Fence Care

Keep Vegetation Away

When vegetation gets close to or lives on your fence, it could result in damage to the fence. Trees especially are something to watch out for. Their large, strong roots and trunks can dislodge fence railings and posts, necessitating reconstruction of the fence.

Lawn Care

You probably trim your lawn with a string trimmer and use sprinklers to water it and keep the grass green. However, use caution when using these lawn care apparatuses near your fence. String trimmers can cut into paint and primer, damaging the finish and making it easy for rust to accumulate. Sprinklers can cause water to accumulate near fence posts and weaken the earth around the post, making it unstable.

Painting

If you see any scratches in the paint, the sooner you can fix them, the better. This is because water can get in there and oxidize the metal, creating rust. Read our blogs on removing rust from a metal fence and painting a metal fence for more information.

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!

Painting a Metal Fence

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Looking to give your metal fence new life with a fresh coat of paint? It’s not as simple as breaking out the paint and brush and getting started. There are a few steps you must go through before you paint a metal fence, but if done right you’ll end up with a great looking fence. Let’s talk about the process of painting a metal fence.

Painting a Metal Fence

Remove Rust

Before you paint the fence, you have to remove rust so the paint will stick and apply evenly. You can read about how to remove rust from a metal fence in our blog.

Wash the Fence

Once you’ve completed the rust removal process, it’s time to wash the fence. Good old soap and water will do the trick. Use a rag to get every part of the fence, then rinse it off and allow it to dry overnight. Make sure the fence is dry before you start painting.

Paint

First, you’ll need to paint the fence with a metal primer. If the primer is too thick, you can add small amounts of mineral spirits to it. Stir them in and add more if it remains too thick. Once you’ve got the right consistency, apply the metal primer to the fence. Use a smooth stroke to avoid streaks or bubbles.

Once the primer has been applied and allowed to dry completely for a day, you can paint with the top coat. Again, use smooth strokes and watch for any mistakes so you can correct them before they dry. After the first coat dries, add a second coat. Once this coat is dry, you’ve successfully finished painting your metal fence!

paint metal 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!

Source

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how-to-paint-a-metal-fence#b

Removing Rust from Iron Railings

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Are the iron railings on the steps leading up to your front door starting to rust? Here’s how to remove rust from iron railings and restore them to their former luster.

Removing Rust from Iron Railings

The first step in the rust removal process is to clean the iron surface. There are several ways to do so, one of the most common being the use of an abrasive technique. Use a wire brush to sand away rust on the railing. Many wire brushes can be attached to power tools, but if you do use a power tool, make sure to use a soft touch in order to remove only the rust and not the iron underneath it. After removing the majority of the rust with a wire brush, use an emery cloth or synthetic steel wool to remove the remainder of the rust. A hacksaw blade can be used to clear rust that has gotten into crevices. After all of this is complete, rub a rag with mineral spirits along the cleaned surface.

The next step is to apply a primer. This should be done as soon as possible in order to prevent the iron from beginning the oxidation process again. Therefore, only remove as much rust as you’re willing to prime and finish in a session. There are several different types of primers available, including rusty metal, clean metal, and cold galvanizing primers, but no matter your choice, you need to use a alkyd primer.

Once you’ve applied the primer, it’s time to paint. Finish with two coats of paint if applied by brush, or three to four coats if applied by spray.

rust removal

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!

Source

http://www.oldhouseonline.com/how-to-remove-rust/