Mar 262013

Iron FenceBuying and installing an iron fence is a major property improvement project that a homeowner or business owner will consider with great care.  Many property owners are not aware that standard iron fence will rust within just one or two years, while galvanized steel fence will often remain rust free for 20 years.  But, once the investment has been made, you definitely want that iron fence to last as long as possible.  Even if it’s a big pain.  In time, one of the biggest fears of iron fence owners is rust, that corrosive element which can damage and destroy your investment.  Rusting is a two-part problem.  First, homeowners need to know how to deal with rust that has already begun to form on their fence.  Second, they need to know what to do to prevent rust from returning.

  • Removing Rust—There are a lot of products on the market right now which claim (with varying degrees of success) that they can remove rust.  Checking out online reviews for these individual products can be helpful, or you can go with an old-fashioned cleaner—white vinegar.  Just apply a little to a paper towel and the dab it on the rusted spots and let it stand for about half an hour before scouring off the rust with a Brillo pad or other piece of steel wool.  When scrubbing the rust, be sure to do so gently.  You don’t want to scratch the iron-work underneath and permanently nick it.  That is why the vinegar is so important since it will loosen the rust and make it easier to remove with the steel wool.
  • If the rust that has formed on your fence is particularly heavy, you may have to use a disc-sander with sandpaper, but again this is an extremely last resort as you want to be careful not to scratch or nick the paint and iron under the rust.
  • As for preventing further problems with rust there are a couple of options:
    • The first of these is to apply liquid wax to the fence.  This serves to coat the fence and create a protective layer that will prevent further rusting.  This can be done pretty simply with a paper towel.
    • Another option is to apply a rust converter.  This will take some extra work as it will need a roller and brush to apply and you will need to apply paint primer when you are finished as well to seal it.

Taking care with your fence and doing regular maintenance will keep your home’s investment looking fresh and strong for years.  Just make sure to walk the fence line regularly and inspect it for rust accumulation and take these steps when necessary to prevent any corrosion from creeping in.

Mar 202013

Montage FenceInstalling a fence, perhaps around your property, can be a daunting thought. There’s a lot to plan and think through before proceeding. Where is the best place to buy fence materials? What will the installation cost be? Can I do it myself, or do I need to hire a fencing contractor?

You should treat a fencing project just like anything you might build. You will probably need to get local planning permission before proceeding, which in turn will mean that you will need properly prepared plans of the project beforehand.


Consider you neighbors

Do you know exactly where your property boundary is? Most people have a good idea where it is, but encroach on your neighbor’s land, even by an inch or so, and you may find your friendly neighbor is not quite so friendly any more. Always be certain that you have the legal right to do it, before you do it. Your iron fencing project will go much smoother as a result.

It’s probably a good idea to drop along each neighbor who borders your property and discuss your plans with them. They might be concerned about your plans as it may obstruct their view in some way, or impinge on them in some other way.

There are many types of ornamental fence, and the one you plan to erect may not be the right style of fence, or the most suitable wrought iron fence for the neighborhood, or indeed, for you. A quick friendly chat with your neighbors will do wonders for your local public relations. You might even pick up some useful tips too.

Licensed, Insured and Bonded?

You will most likely employ a fencing contractor to do the job for you, unless of course you have prior fencing experience. Assuming that you get a fencing contractor, you will need to ensure that he is properly licensed, insured and bonded.

Your fence, unless it is something like a very short 6-foot run of fence, will most likely cost you more than $500, so it is in your best interests to make sure a bond is in place. This will protect you if your fencing contractor fails to meet the terms of the contract, for any reason. If such a situation arises, having a bond in place will save you a lot of money.

The need for liability insurance should be obvious. This will cover any work related damages that might happen. Workmen’s compensation insurance is also important. While you may think that part of it is really none of your business, you really don’t want injuries or health risks that are not fully covered happening on your property.

A proper fencing contractor is one who has paid all the necessary local fees, and one you can probably trust. If your contractor seems a bit cagey about the subject of codes and permits, ask yourself what he has to hide. Contact your local licensing authority if you need to find out.

Avoid sub-contractors, if possible

The best situation concerning fence installers and contractors is where all the workmen are employed by the contractor. This ensures a certain continuity and control. If a contractor sub-contracts all or part of the work to another company, he loses a degree of control, and you lose even more control.

Your iron fence installation will go much more smoothly if the workmen are fully accountable to the fence installation contractor you hired in the first place. The hierarchy will be properly defined, and you will sleep much better at night too.

Choosing a good, reputable fencing contractor from the start is one of the best tips you can have when you install your own iron fence. You won’t have to worry about fence materials, getting a suitable post hole digger, making sure posts are pre-routed, and that’s always assuming you get the right size of posts in the first place. Getting a good contractor will leave you with nothing to worry about apart from how your fence will look when it’s finished.

Mar 032013

Recent events have led many to refocus their attention on school security or, in many cases, the lack thereof. Unfortunately, these latest happenings are just another drop in a seemingly bottomless bucket of unfortunate school-related incidents.

Years ago, school security didn’t get much media attention; however, these days, it seems that drugs and violence have infiltrated every nook of society. To keep kids safe, school and government officials are pondering all sorts of strategies aimed at keeping the wrong people off school grounds. While many of these plans revolve around aggressive and controversial policies; others are founded in simple, practical solutions which reduce the risk of tragedies, while also reducing the chances of unforeseen consequences.

2 rail steel fence

Physical Barriers

For years, steel fence panels have been used to protect all sorts of important facilities, including airports, parking lots, highways, public parks, government buildings and more. Today, these barriers are being used to protect more and more schools from people who might seek to harm the precious children within. While not impregnable, these barriers serve as powerful deterrents that keep potentially dangerous people out and wondering students in.

Low-risk, High Return

While people argue about the costs and merits associated with installing armed security personnel on school grounds; smart school officials are busy installing steel security structures that provide effective results without heightening risk. Guns can end up in the wrong hands; and security personnel can prove too costly for communities that are already fighting to stay under budget. On the other hand, high security fencing poses virtually no harm to school children. It also helps to keep drug dealers, child abductors and violent criminals where they belong: outside school grounds.

Another Major Benefit

In a perfect world, children would do exactly as they’re told, while ignoring the lure of dangerous activities. Unfortunately, in the real world, children frequently put themselves at risk by leaving school grounds without permission. When kids are left unsupervised, they may engage in dangerous activities. They may also run across dangerous adults who could threaten their very lives. Steel security fencing helps school administrators keep tabs on students; so they can be sure they stay within the protective confines of school grounds.

Reliable, Lasting Structures

Because they operate under strict budgets, schools need to be sure they are investing wisely in equipment that will stand the test of time. Ornamental Fence Supply instills confidence in its customers by providing quality security fencing that will stand the test of time. Registered with the U.S. Federal Government Central Contractor Registration (CCR), Ornamental Fence Supply only offers the most reliable galvanized prefabricated ornamental steel fencing panels and gates which are prefinished with superior powder coated finishes that are built to last.  We offer high security fence options such as  Impasse Fence, which is one of only two fence systems in the USA that is certified under the Safety Act by the US Department of Homeland Security.  Learn more about how quality security fencing can protect your facility, contact us today.