Archive for February, 2015

Why Should You Choose an Iron Fence?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Iron fence stands out among the many styles of fence for a lot of reasons. From its durability to its unmatched elegance, iron makes a fence in a way that few other materials do. If you’re wondering what material you should use to construct your next residential or commercial fence, it’s hard to go wrong with iron. Learn more about this celebrated fencing material in our blog.

Why Should You Choose an Iron Fence?

Durability

Iron is one of the strongest fencing materials you can get. Iron is highly resistant to damage and stands up to the elements for decades. Think of the number of old iron fences you’ve seen compared to almost any other kind of fence. Iron can stand up to the years, and it looks good doing it.

Applications

Iron fence can be used in a variety of applications, both residential and commercial. From decorative flourishes to perimeter fence to a full on security fence, iron can serve any role you need it to serve.

Ease of Maintenance

Iron is also very easy to maintain. We powder coat all of our iron fence products at our in-house manufacturing facility, which makes them highly resistant to rust and fading. An occassional inspection and washing with warm water and a mild detergent is really all you need to do to keep your iron fence looking beautiful.

Natural Beauty

There are fences that are utilitarian, and then there’s iron fence. Iron fence is the perfect example of the maximization of form and function. Iron is a performer as a fence, and a stunner as an aesthetic component of your property.

Custom Design

Iron fence might be best known for its custom designs. Whether you’re going for a quiet, understated look, or a full-blown ornate display, iron can be molded to suit your tastes.

Curb Appeal

The fence in your front yard will be the first thing someone sees from the curb. A stunning iron fence is a great way to add curb appeal to your property.

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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 Tips: Caring for a Metal Fence When it Snows

Friday, February 20th, 2015

We might have had a fairly mild winter here in Maryland to start out, but once the groundhog told us there would be 6 more weeks of winter it seems like the real cold and winter weather finally arrived. The past two weeks have seen some of the coldest weather we’ve had this year, as well as snow and ice.

Do you know how to take care of your metal fence when it snows? In fact, most of the work you need to do to take care of your fence should be done before it snows. Fortunately, we haven’t had a ton of snow yet this year, but if we get a big snow event, it’s important to know what to do to protect your fence beforehand. Learn these fence tips for how to care for your metal fence before the snow comes in this week’s blog!

Metal Fence Care in the Snow

Rake Away Leaves and Debris

You might be surprised to learn that leaves and debris that collect at the bottom of your fence can be a threat to its integrity. Why? Well, when it snows, the debris at the base of the fence collect moisture and hold it there. The earth around the fence becomes saturated with moisture, which makes it looser. The fence posts need the earth to be compact in order to stay in place. So when the earth loosens, the fence posts can shift out of place and damage the fence.

The easy way to prevent this from happening is to simply rake away leaves and debris away from your fence. That way, moisture won’t be a problem.

Trim Those Limbs

Another threat to your wood fence when it snows are tree limbs. When a big snow event comes through, the weight of the snow and ice on the limbs of trees can cause them to break off. If they fall on your fence, they could damage it.

This too, is easily prevented. Just make sure that any limbs overhanging your fence are trimmed back before the snow comes. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to trim all vegetation away from your 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!

3 Famous Wrought Iron Structures

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Wrought iron has a long and rich history as a material used in the construction of countless structures across a vast expanse of time and civilizations. Craftsmen throughout the centuries have chosen wrought iron for its strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Iron continues to be used in many structures today, including fencing!

How much do you know about wrought iron? Did you know that a bridge right here in Maryland claims to be the only remaining wrought iron bridge in the world? What about a wrought iron pillar in India that’s more than 1,000 years old? Or that one of the most iconic structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower, is made of wrought iron? Learn about some famous wrought iron structures in our blog!

3 Famous Wrought Iron Structures

The Bollman Truss Semi-Suspension Bridge

The Bollman Truss Semi-Suspension Bridge was built way back in pre-Civil War America in 1852. The bridge is famous for having been the first successful all-metal bridge design to be used by railroads, which back then were the lifeblood of the country’s economy.

The bridge was moved to its present location over the Little Patuxent River in 1887. It was used by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to connect a spur to the Savage Mill until 1947, when the mill closed. The bridge was restored in 1983 and again in 2000, and is now a part of the Savage Mill Trail. It was also declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Take a trip to Howard County to check out this beautiful example of wrought iron architecture.

The Iron Pillar of Delhi

The iron pillar of Delhi is a 1,600 year-old wrought iron pillar built in honor of the Gupta King Candragupta II. It’s located in the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features numberous monuments and mosques, and is a beautiful example of ancient Indian and Afghan architecture. The complex is actually India’s most visited monument, with 1.5 million more visitors than the Taj Mahal in 2006.

“The Delhi iron pillar is a testimony to the high level of skill achieved by the ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron,” according to Corrosion Science.

The Eiffel Tower

The cultural symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower may be the best known wrought iron structure in the world. Built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair, the tower was actually poorly received when it was first built, but soon became beloved the world over. When it was built it assumed the title of tallest structure in the world (1,063 ft), and held this title until the construction of the Chrysler Building in New York. More than 250 million people have visited this iconic iron structure.

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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 Many Advantages of Aluminum Fencing

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Aluminum is pound for pound one of the best fencing options out there. If you’re thinking about installing a new fence on your property, there are lots of good reasons to consider aluminum. From its durability, to ease of maintenance, to the variety of applications in which aluminum proves useful, it’s hard to beat the value of this fencing material. Learn more about aluminum fencing in our blog!

The Many Advantages of Aluminum Fencing

Versatility

Aluminum may be the most versatile fence material out there. Aluminum can fill the roles of almost every other type of fence. It can be ornately crafted to look like iron. It can be used as an effective perimeter or privacy fence. A paddock fence. Sidewalk railings. Balcony railings. There’s almost no limit to the practical applications of aluminum fencing. No matter what situation you put it in, aluminum can stand up to the task.

Durability

Don’t be fooled by aluminum’s lightweight construction. Aluminum is a very strong metal that can stand up to the elements. And as a non-ferrous metal, it’s naturally resistant to rust. Not to mention the powder coating we use on all of our aluminum products gives it an added layer of rust-protection.

Ease of Maintenance

Perhaps the most impressive thing about aluminum’s durability is that it requires very little maintenance. All you need to do is occasionally wash the fence to keep it clean. Aluminum won’t rot, and is highly resistant to rusting.

Customization

Your perception of aluminum might be fairly one dimensional. A gray metal with no defining characteristics, right? It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, aluminum is highly customizable. We offer a large number of styles for aluminum rails and fences. Powder coating is available in many different appealing colors. And if you can’t find the style you’re looking for, we can design a custom aluminum fence that fits your needs.
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Are you interested in learning more about aluminum fencing. Do you want to discuss an upcoming project that will require fence installation? Talk to Hercules Custom Iron!

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!