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Wrought Iron Handrails and Railings
A wrought iron railing is a stunning addition to any staircase, whether it’s in a home or a business. Wrought iron can beautifully highlight a place, showcasing both power and elegance, whether the design is basic or intricate.
Before we talk about what wrought iron railings are how we use them for our staircases, staircase railings and handrails; we need to define what wrought iron is exactly.
What is Wrought Iron?
Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon content (less than 0.08%) in contrast to that of cast iron (2.1% to 4%). It is a semi-fused mass of iron with fibrous slag inclusions (up to 2% by weight), which gives it a “grain” resembling wood that is visible when it is etched or bent to the point of failure. Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile, corrosion resistant, and easily welded.
What Are Wrought Iron Railings?
Wrought iron railings are a metal fabricated railing system made of forged wrought iron used in applications such as: staircase, stairways, porch railings, deck railings, and handrails. Wrought iron railings can be used for ornamental railings, but also functional as well.
How are Wrought Iron Handrails and Railings Made?
Our metal fabrication facility is where a wrought iron railing system is constructed. Each handrail system is hand-forged by our team of talented artisan welders and is not only functional and safe, but also a true work of beauty. Prior to delivery, our team of welders who also work as craftsmen forges the metal and often pre-fits the wrought iron rails to each staircase. Pre-fitting ensures a perfect fit and finish while also avoiding the need for dirty welding on the construction site.
Advantages of Wrought Iron Railings
Wrought iron railings have numerous advantages and benefits for property owners, whether they are used for residential or commercial reasons. While there are numerous materials from which house and business owners may choose, we believe that wrought iron railings are always a good choice. They are both useful and attractive, helping to secure the safety of those on your property.
Wrought Iron Railings Are Strong and Secure & Durable
Wrought iron is made up of two elements: iron and carbon. This material, when combined, emits strength while remaining pliable enough to be molded into a variety of shapes and curves. Wrought iron is a material that can withstand a lot of pressure. The metal’s ultimate tensile strength ranges from 240 to 250 MPa (pressure unit), making it suitable for usage in a variety of fences, gates, staircase railings, deck and porch railings.
Warm weather also has a significant impact on metal corrosion. Custom wrought iron works, on the other hand, are more corrosion-resistant, making them an excellent choice for your next stair and railing installation. In terms of upkeep, remember that your exterior stair railings will need to be repainted every three to five years. Unless when ordering from us you specify you would like powder coating for your wrought iron railings.
The good thing about wrought iron railings and balusters is that, due to the robustness of the material, they don’t have to be thin to be long-lasting. You can have a delicately adorned wrought iron fence or railings that exude elegance and delicacy while still providing the necessary strength for their intended use.
Wrought Iron Offers Ton of Customizability
Another great fact about wrought iron railings is the fact that they are almost completely customizable. One of the reasons people choose wrought iron railings is because they can be molded into many different shapes and designs. When heated at high temperatures, wrought iron becomes fairly malleable, making it simple to mould into the ornate piece of your choice. “Wrought iron” is actually an older term for “worked iron,” which refers to iron that has been hammered, rolled, or simply formed into a precise shape. Because wrought iron has a great elasticity, it can be bent and sculpted into a variety of shapes, allowing you to create a totally unique railing design.
Wrought iron railings are excellent for all types of structures because there is virtually no limit to the varieties of patterns that may be achieved with them. If you have a historical structure and want to keep it authentic, you might choose a design that matches the era of the structure.
Wrought Iron Requires Little Maintenance
It takes very little effort to keep your wrought iron railings in good condition. Dust and filth can be removed with soap and water on a regular basis. Make it a routine to check your outside metal railings for faults or damage caused by the elements. Clean and recoat your wrought iron railings if any indications of corrosion appear, and they will look as good as new.
Wrought Iron Railings are Cost Effective and Long Lasting
Wrought iron is a tough and durable material. Wrought iron railings can flex but never break due to their high carbon content. Investing in wrought iron stair railings, fences, or gates is a wise purchase that will pay you in the long run.
If you choose new wrought iron railings, you will not have to worry about any repair work or new investment in railings for the rest of your life.
Wrought Iron Railing Cost
Wrought iron railings cost an average of $2,600 to install. The average cost of supplies and labor is between $700 and $4,600.
For a banister between 10 and 30 feet, budget $50 to $120 per linear foot in materials and $300 to $1,000 per project in labor. For a two-step staircase, you could only need 10 feet altogether, or 30 feet to enclose a tiny porch.
The price of the balusters (also known as spindles), decorative poles at each end that hold the handrail, is included in the materials. It also includes the handrails, bottom rails, and any installation hardware. Stairs, balconies, porches, and decks can all benefit from metal railings, whether they’re inside or out. Because of the unique nature of the material, hiring a professional is essential for a successful project.
Iron Railings Per Foot
The price per linear foot ranges from $50 to $120, depending on the type of iron you require. The cost of plain black metal is modest, whereas galvanized materials or decorative banisters are more expensive. If you choose the correct type of wrought iron for your needs, it can both beautify and protect your home.
Plain Metal for Interior Use
The $50 to $70 per linear foot range may be sufficient for a modest application, such as interior basement stairs. To keep expenses down, this alternative is frequently pre-built to a conventional length and height, such as 10 feet by 40 inches. With a reduced budget, you can enjoy the benefits of wrought iron.
Galvanized Iron for Exterior Railings
Pre-galvanized material will cost between $60 and $90 per linear foot. This choice improves the material’s weather resistance. Galvanization is a process that coats metal in a protective layer that resists rust over time. It has a low care requirement and a long lifespan.
Decorative or Ornamental Banisters
The cost of ornamental railing ranges from $60 to $120 per linear foot. Pre-formed iron that is curved or otherwise attractive is available at a low price. On the higher end of the scale, you can completely tailor the project to your liking. Your stairwell can be transformed into a visual focal point with the correct metal decoration.
Installation Costs for Wrought Iron Railings
The majority of professionals charge by the project, which normally ranges from $300 to $1,000. For a project that takes between 4.5 and 10 hours, this estimates a charge of between $65 and $100 per hour. Large projects and custom metalwork are likely to be more costly.
|Items Installed||Price Range|
|Handrails||$120 – $900|
|Bottom Rails||$120 – $900|
|Spindles||$130 – $1,600|
|Hardware||$30 – $200|
|Total||$700 – $4,600|
Note: The numbers represented in the table are just small estimated prices and do not consist of an average quote.
A variety of other elements, in addition to these, influence your budget. Location, nature, and intended usage are all key factors to consider.
Handrails on the Inside vs. Outside
Finding material that can withstand the elements is the most significant difference. Typically, this entails galvanization. Furthermore, because the metal needs to anchor into cement stairs or uneven ground, labor may be more expensive for external staircases.
Railings for Stairs
For added safety, stairwells require banisters. If you attach it to the bottom of the stair instead of the wall next to it, your prices will be higher. Installing your handrails against the wall alongside the stairs will help you save money on installation.
Deck or Porch With a Balcony Cost
The addition of iron railings to your deck or balcony improves both the look and the safety of your space. Larger patios may require more length than the usual of 30 feet, which can increase your expenditure. Handrails for Disability Ramps Cost
A disability ramp might cost anything from $875 to $2,700. It’s possible that you’ll need it for personal reasons or in a public setting. The railing should be built as part of a broader project. This makes sure that it meets ADA requirements and that the permit is valid. Slip resistance, railing height above ground, and overall length beyond the ramp are all standards to follow.
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