Archive for December, 2014

Why Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Your Fence in Maryland?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Are you wondering whether you should install a fence yourself or hire a contractor? With the right skills, you can make fence installation a DIY job, but you might be surprised to learn it’s more difficult than you might think. This week, learn how hiring a fence contractor to install your fence in Maryland can make your life a lot easier.

Why Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Your Fence in Maryland?

Do you have a permit?

Installing a fence on your property often requires you to get a permit. This is because local ordinances may restrict how you can build on your property. For example, you might only be able to build a fence to a height of 8 ft. If you’re not familiar with the permitting process, it can be a confusing and frustrating experience. Hiring a fence contractor means you don’t have to worry about obtaining the right permits and you don’t have to go through the process yourself. You can also be sure that your fence is being built to code, as the contractor will know the ordinances and restrictions on fencing in the area.

Correct Fence Post Depth

Do you know how deep the fence posts need to be set in the ground? At least 3 ft, if not more for a deeper fence. Digging all of these holes for fence posts is not an easy job, and it gets more difficult the larger your fence is. Hiring a contractor to install your fence in Maryland saves you a lot of work!

Accounting for Grade

The grade of your property, or how much it slopes, can make installing a fence difficult. An inexperienced person may find that there are gaps between the fence and the slope that allow for small animals to pass under the fence. A professional fence contractor knows how to account for difficulties like a steep grade that can make fence installation difficult.

Material Recommendations

What kind of fence is best for your area? You may want one kind of fence, but a contractor may have good reasons to recommend a different fence material. A contractor can help you find the ideal fence material for your situation.

fence contractor Maryland

For more information about aluminum fences, contact  Hercules Custom IronWe have more than 70 years of experience crafting ornamental iron and quality aluminum in its in-house manufacturing facility.  Contact Us today to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project! Also, be sure to follow Hercules Custom Iron on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn!

How to Take Care of an Aluminum Fence in the Winter

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Winter is almost here, and that means snow, ice, rain, and cold weather. Your aluminum fence is designed to stand up very well to the elements. Still, you can protect your fence even more with the right care. This week, we’ll talk about how to take care of an aluminum fence in the winter. Give your fence the care it deserves!

Taking Care of an Aluminum Fence in the Winter

Watch the Posts

The most important winter fence care tip is to watch out for your fence posts. What happens is that during the winter, snow, ice, and water can collect in debris around the base of the fence. This saturates the earth there. When the earth is saturated, it loosens its grip on the base of the fence post. If the base wasn’t installed deep enough, than it can move around in the loose earth, which causes the fence to shift and become disfigured.

So how do you prevent this? Try to keep debris away from your fence. Make sure leaves, sticks, etc. don’t pile up around the fence, because this is where water tends to accumulate. This is the number one tip for winter fence care. Keep debris away from your fence, and you’ve won half the battle.

Trim Back Trees

Are there any tree limbs located above your aluminum fence? In the winter, these can get heavy with snow and ice. Too much weight and they can break off and fall, damaging your fence. To prevent this, trim back limbs and branches before the first big snow of the year.

Inspect it Regularly

Inspect your aluminum fence regularly to see if it has sustained any damage. A small chip in the paint can lead to rusting on a large scale if you don’t catch it fast enough. Repair any damage as soon as possible.

aluminum fence

For more information about aluminum fences, contact  Hercules Custom Iron. We have more than 70 years of experience crafting ornamental iron and quality aluminum in its in-house manufacturing facility.  Contact Us today to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project! Also, be sure to follow Hercules Custom Iron on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn!

Railings to Fit Any Style from Hercules Custom Iron

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Railings are an important component of balconies, stairs, walkways and steps. There are a number of different styles of railings you can choose from to create the right aesthetic you’re looking for. This week, we’ll cover the different kinds of railings we offer and examples of situations in which you can use them.

Railings from Hercules Custom Iron

Aluminum Railing

The classic aluminum railing can be used in lots of different applications. Aluminum railing works particularly well for outdoor balconies, where it provides the ideal balance of lightweight, strength, and durability in exposure to the elements. With our in-house aluminum manufacturing, you can choose between 5 different standard rail styles, or we’ll help you design a custom balcony railing. With aluminum railing, there’s minimal maintenance, numerous color and style choices, and custom designs to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for.

aluminum railing

Architectural Cable

If you’re going for a contemporary look with clean lines, architectural cable may be the railing style you’re looking for. With it’s sleek, modern looks, this railing style is also suitable for a number of applications, and it’s fully welded and powder coated framework gives it extra strength and durability for outdoor use.

architectural cable

Steel Railing

Heavy-duty steel can stand up to any railing task. From industrial and commercial use to ornamental residential designs, steel is surprisingly versatile and makes for an excellent all-around railing material.

steel rail

Glass Rail

Glass rail is ideal for situations where you need a solid and secure railing but don’t want to spoil the view. The durable construction of glass makes this a safe option for balconies and suspended walkways, but also ensures that there won’t be any lines to interfere with the view. Great for hotels, resorts, and pools. Check out the glass rail that surrounds this pool in the photo below. You can hardly tell it’s there, and yet it still provides the security the pool needs and meets pool fence regulations. A great way to keep the view blue.

glass rail

When only the best quality custom iron will do, you want to go with a fencing company that specializes in that area. Hercules Custom Iron has more than 70 years of experience crafting ornamental iron and quality aluminum in its in-house manufacturing facility.  Contact Us today to learn more about how we can help you with your next custom iron, specialty metal or aluminum project! Also, be sure to follow Hercules Custom Iron on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn!