Archive for September, 2014

Iron Fence at the White House Gets a Jump and a Facelift

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The White House’s iron fence has recently been the subject of national attention, after a man successfully jumped the fence and made it all the way to the door of the White House before he was detained by Secret Service. The event has called into question the security protocols for the White House, but it has also brought the building’s iron fence into the spotlight, as well as the history of fencing around the country’s most recognizable building.

According to the Washington Post, the understated iron fence stands 7 feet 6 inches, with decorative finials (spear points) on top. It also hasn’t been changed or updated since 1965. Lyndon Johnson was in office when the previous fence (which had been installed in the 1800’s) was replaced. Right now, the National Park Service (which owns the ground on which the White House stands) is involved in a project to remove rust from the nearly 50-year-old-fence and give it a fresh coat of paint.

Wrought iron fences were installed in the mid-1800’s, but for a long time the White House gates were open, and people were free to walk around and enjoy the gardens. Not until the late 1890s were the gates closed to the public, after a group of people wandered onto the lawn and began playing with then-president Grover Cleveland’s daughter Ruth, which upset Mrs. Cleveland. The gates were closed to the public, and have been ever since.

The first White House fence was constructed way back in 1808 when Thomas Jefferson was in office. This fence was not an iron fence but a wooden split-rail fence. It also only covered three sides of the grounds. The fourth was covered by a retaining wall known as a ha ha. And way back then, the fence wasn’t meant to keep people out, but rather to keep livestock from wandering around the White House. How times have changed.

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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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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-fence-has-evolved-from-a-wrought-iron-decoration-to-a-line-of-defense/2014/09/22/e5f21898-4294-11e4-b47c-f5889e061e5f_story.html

Boost Safety and Security with Custom Iron Fencing

Friday, September 19th, 2014

When it comes to your commercial facility, providing adequate security is vitally important. You not only want to ensure that your property is kept safe, but you also need to protect the people working in your facility. Some types of security barriers, however, end up being as effective as they are an eyesore; while you definitely want the former, the latter is probably something you could do without. So what is the best solution to boost the safety and security of your facility in a way that is still visually appealing? Consider custom iron fencing from Hercules!

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Custom Iron Fencing as a Security Perimeter

Installing a custom iron fence around your facility is a solid step towards enhancing your overall security. With a custom design, you are able to have control over certain features of your fence that will do even more than a typical fence to deter potential intruders. Anti-climb fences fabricated from iron can be made to include specialized anti-climb tops, such as trident tops, that make your fence impossible to scale. With the help of anti-climb technology, you can have a custom iron fence created for you that still has a sleek, appealing look, guaranteeing your facility does not take on an off-putting look.

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!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.

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How To Increase Your Curb Appeal with Custom Iron Fencing and Gates

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Increasing curb appeal is one of the best ways to increase the curb appeal of a property. Curb appeal is the aesthetic appeal that a property has from the curb, so to speak. People who drive by or walk by are more inclined to notice the property if it has more curb appeal.

One of the easiest ways to increase your curb appeal is with fencing. Custom iron fencing is the ideal fence for boosting your curb appeal and distinguishing your property from others. Here’s how custom iron fencing and gates increase your curb appeal.

Curb Appeal with Custom Iron Fencing and Gates

Creating a Line

Fencing creates a line that attracts the eye and gives it a point of reference to focus on. This is a natural way to create a great first impression.

Aesthetic Appeal

Iron fencing projects a stately and handsome look that looks very aesthetically pleasing and is sure to draw the eye.

Ornate Designs

Iron is easily the most common type of fence with an ornate design. The customization possibilities for your iron fence are limited only by your imagination. Iron allows you to really make a fence your own and express yourself creatively.

curb appeal 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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How Should a Fence Estimator Evaluate Your Property?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

So you’re having a fence estimator come out to your property for a fence installation. How can you tell that they’re doing what they’re supposed to? Read on to learn how a fence estimator should evaluate your property, and how to know whether they’re doing a good job.

How Should a Fence Estimator Evaluate Your Property?

Obstructions

Things such as trees, large rocks, bushes, etc., can affect the construction of the fence. A good estimator will take note of all potential obstacles in your yard.

Grading

If you have a flat yard, then grading isn’t an issue. If your yard is hilly or has a large slope, than grading is a concern, and something the estimator should take note of. A slope means that the fence will have to be constructed to fit the contour of the yard. Stepped fences are sometimes used to accommodate slopes, but they may leave small spaces at the bottom where pets can get out, for example. The best fence for a sloped yard is a contoured fence.

Existing Fences and Structures

A good evaluator will take into consideration any existing structures and fences on or bordering your property. Of course, this includes your house, but it could also include your neighbor’s fence or a tool shed.

Advising you as to your fence options

Once the estimator has taken these factors into consideration, they will advise you as to what kind of fence would work best for your property. Taking into consideration your fencing wants and needs, the estimator should help you arrive at the ideal fence for you.

fence estimate

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://homerenovations.about.com/od/houseexteriorframework/a/artfencecompany.htm