Archive for January, 2015

Tips for Taking Care of an Iron Fence in the Winter

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The winter snow may look beautiful on your iron fence, but the winter weather as a whole can damage your fence if you don’t give it the right protection. Iron is one of the most durable fencing materials out there, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need occasional maintenance and upkeep. In this week’s blog, we’ll discuss the best ways to take care of your iron fence this winter. Give your iron fence the maintenance it needs, and it will repay you by lasting for many years.

Winter Iron Fence Maintenance

Trim Those Limbs

Tree limbs can get heavy and break in the winter under the weight of frozen snow and ice. When this happens, watch out below. A fence can be damaged by a falling limb, and the heavier the limb, the more potential for damage. If you have any limbs that hang over your fence, consider trimming them back to prevent this from happening. It’s a good idea to trim back vegetation from your fence anyway, to keep it from growing around the fence and weakening its integrity.

Remove Piles of Debris

Have piles of dead leaves, sticks, and other debris built up around the base of your fence? These are moisture traps that can saturate the earth around the fence when snow and ice build up there. What happens then is that the earth around the fence becomes loose, which can cause posts to come loose. This will make the fence shift and look out of place, and possibly even break. To avoid this, just make sure to rake up leaves and debris that accumulate by the base of your iron fence. This is a good idea for the fall as well.

Regular Inspections

Walk along the length of your fence every other week to look for any areas where it may have been damaged. Chipped paint might not seem like a big deal now, but it can turn into a large rust spot if you just leave it there. Fix any damage now to prevent it from becoming a bigger problem later.

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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!

The Benefits of In-House Manufacturing for Aluminum Fencing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Here at Hercules Custom Iron, we manufacture all of our fencing components in-house. From basic fences to ornate and custom designs, all of our aluminum fencing production occurs on site. This allows us to ensure that our own high standards for quality are adhered to throughout the manufacturing process. Learn more about our in-house aluminum fence manufacturing and how it benefits you in this week’s blog.

The Benefits of In-House Manufacturing for Aluminum Fencing

High Quality Product

Utilizing our aluminum fabrication facility, we’re able to ensure that the quality standards to which we hold ourselves are met. So what does this mean for you?

  • Aluminum fencing products that meet or exceed IBC 2006, BOCA, FHA building codes.
  • Powder coating for a rust-free product that requires no annual painting and will not splinter.
  • A wide variety of color and style options.
  • Professional installation and custom designs engineered to fit your needs.

Durable Powder Coating

We use a state-of-the-art thermal powder coating procedure to finish all of our aluminum products. We’ve talked about the benefits of powder coating before (and how it’s superior to baked enamel finishes), but in short, powder coating provides a more durable and more professional looking finish that is guaranteed to last for a long time. Our 200′ line oven allows us to coat even the most odd sizes and shapes of material.

Custom Aluminum Railings

We offer a wide variety of aluminum railing styles that we manufacture on-site. We manufacture 5 different styles of aluminum railings designed to suit any situation, from balcony railings to pool railings and more. Fence panels that match railing styles are available, as well as custom designs. All aluminum railings meet or exceed IBC 2006, BOCA, and FHA building codes, and are constructed from welded aluminum components and finished with a thermally applied powder coating.

Other Aluminum Products

In addition to balcony rails and traditional aluminum fence designs, we also offer a number of other aluminum products, including louvered panels, wire mesh screening, trellises, and other specialty products to order. For more information, please contact us today.

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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!

Fence Painting: How to Prepare Your Iron Fence

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Are you getting ready to paint your iron fence? Proper fence preparation is essential in order to ensure that the paint will adhere properly to the iron. Without good preparation, you run the risk of the paint not applying correctly, or applying in uneven streaks. Learn how to prepare your iron fence for painting in this week’s blog.

Preparing an Iron Fence for Painting

First, you’ll need a wire brush. Using the wire brush, scrub the fence to remove rust. This is key. Painting over rust might seem like an easy way out, but in the end it will only result in a bad paint job. Instead of a wire brush, you can also use a drill and wire wheel attachment for this step, as well as the next one.

Next, use a medium-grit sandpaper to sand the surface of the iron fence. The goal of this is to remove all of the paint on the fence. You want the fresh coat to adhere to the iron itself, and not to the paint.

Once you’ve finished sanding, wipe off any filings or shavings with a clean, dry rag.

Now, the fence is ready for primer. But first, you should cover the area around the fence with a tarp. This is to protect your grass, gardens, windows, steps, etc. from any primer or paint.

Next, apply a rust-inhibiting primer to the iron. You can choose either a liquid or aerosol primer. For iron fences, aerosols are generally the better choice, because the intricate iron work makes applying liquid primer evenly with a brush difficult. Make sure to use eye protection as well as a face mask to avoid inhaling any aerosol fumes. Let the primer dry according to the instructions on the can.

Finally, you can paint the fence. Choose an exterior rust-inhibing enamel paint, again, either liquid or aerosol. You’ll also want to make sure you choose a finish that is compatible with the direct-to-metal primer you used. To prevent running with the aerosol paint, hold the can 2-4 inches from the fence.

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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!

The Advantages of Powder Coating over Baked Enamel Finishes

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

For metal fencing, there are two commonly used techniques to apply coats of finish. These are powder coating and baked enamel. Hercules Custom Iron uses powder coating to finish all of our iron and aluminum products. We find that powder coated finishes have a number of advantages over baked enamel finishes. Learn more in our blog about how powder coating works, and why we use it for our products.

Powder Coated Finishes

Powder coating is not paint. The coating itself is a dry powder which is electrostatically charge. This charge attracts it to metal, which also eliminates the need for application of a primer. After the powder is apply, it’s heated in an oven, which creates a thermal bond that creates the finish you see on your fence.

The Process

First, the metal is sand-blasted to a smooth, bare finish, which creates the optimal surface for application of the powder coating.

Next, we apply an anti-rust inhibiting sealer to prevent flash rusting.

Next, we treat the metal with a zinc rich primer to ensure a high quality finish.

Finally, we apply the polyester finish coat, which provides 8-10 mils of protection.

The Advantages

There are a number of advantages of powder coating over baked enamel.

First, it provides a very even finish. You won’t see any runs with powder coating. Baked enamel finishes may show brush strokes or spray patterns.

The thermal and electrostatic bonds make for an extremely durable finish.

The coating can be thicker than a liquid coating.

Unlike baked enamel finishing, powder coating does not produce any harmful volatile organic compounds.

Excess powder can easily be recycled and used in future finishing.

 

We do all of our powder coating at our in-house state-of-the-art powder coating facility. With our multiple over system, we have the flexibility to powder coat oversize materials. You can learn more about powder coating here, where you’ll find a video on our facility as well as a downloadable powder coating color chart. When it comes to metal fence finishing, the choice is clear: powder coating is the way to go.

powder coated finish

For more information about aluminum and iron 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!

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Should I Choose Aluminum or Iron Fencing?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Set on a metal fence but aren’t sure which one to choose? Aluminum and iron are both great options for fencing, but there are some differences between them that are worth considering. Hercules Custom Iron is here to help you make the choice between iron and aluminum fencing. Just remember that no matter what you choose, your choice will be a good one! Learn more about the differences between aluminum and iron fencing below.

Aluminum Fencing vs. Iron Fencing

Aluminum Fencing

Aluminum fencing is a very popular fencing choice for a number of reasons:

  • It requires little maintenance. Aluminum is a non-ferrous material, which means it’s resistant to rusting. It also won’t rot or warp like wood can. Our aluminum fencing is manufactured in-house and treated with a special coating to give it even more resistance to the elements.
  • It’s lightweight and strong at the same time. Aluminum is unique among metals in that while it’s very lightweight, it is also a very strong and durable material. Aluminum has the strength to stand up to the elements, and you’ll get many years out of your aluminum fence.
  • It’s very customizable. We offer a number of different styles and colors for your aluminum fence.

Iron Fencing

Iron fencing is another great choice. Here are some reasons why you might choose an iron fence:

  • Iron has a look to it that no other fencing material can match. Iron fences have a classic, elegant look to them. If this is the look you’re going for, iron is your choice.
  • Iron fences can be very ornate. Our custom in-house iron manufacturing facility allows us to produce your very own unique iron fence with intricate iron work done by professionals ironworkers.
  • It’s durable. Iron is a heavy material, and will last for a long time. Just think of all those old iron fences you see that are still standing after all those years!

Which to Choose?

So what should your choice be? If you’re looking for something low-maintenance that won’t break the bank and offers you lots of options, aluminum is probably your best bet. If you want that classic ornate fence, iron is the best choice for you.
iron fence

For more information about aluminum and iron 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!